As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers and to the environment, we keep everyone updated on what we’re doing to increase our sustainability. For September, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve planted 4,802 trees and funded two Gold Standard projects.
Nearly 4,700 trees planted across Haiti, Indonesia, and Nepal
In Haiti, fruit trees are being planted to help build up food security, and mangroves are being planted along the coastline to reduce coastal erosion. In Indonesia, they’re also planting mangroves to restore forests that have been destroyed due to storms, clear-cutting, and tsunamis. And in Nepal, they are reforesting mountains and grasslands, as well as helping to create a buffer zone around Chitwan National Park.
Over 65 mangroves planted in Madagascar
We offset our employees’ carbon footprints through Ecologi, and in July, we planted 66 mangroves in their Marataola tree-planting project. Mangroves are an amazing carbon sink, protect coastal land from tidal erosion, and provide a home for a wide range of wildlife. We also planted one additional mangrove as an offset for our website with Tree-Nation.
Over 50 trees planted in Mozambique
Ecologi also planted 54 trees for us in their Changalane, Mozambique project. These trees will help to restore deforested woodland and protect local wildlife, while also providing jobs for the local community.
1 birch tree planted in Scotland
This month, we also had a birch tree planted in Dalry, Scotland, as part of Ecologi’s partnership with the Future Forest Company, which is helping to reforest parts of Scotland as well as provide new opportunities for rural communities.
Supporting onshore windfarms in Rajasthan, India
Ecologi funds Gold Standard projects for our employees as well, and this month, they helped fund the Suzlon 9.40 MW Wind Power Project in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. This small-scale onshore windfarm project has four 2.1MW wind turbines which feed energy back into the Indian national grid while removing around 14,000 tonnes of emissions from the air due to replacing fossil fuels.
Protecting peat forest in Borneo, Indonesia
We also helped to fund the Rimba Raya REDD+ project on the southern coast of Borneo, Indonesia. This project is helping to protect 64,500 hectares of vital tropical peatland from becoming palm oil plantations, saving not only over 120 different endangered species, but also preserving the important carbon sink of peatland.
Our monthly impact
Through our tree planting and project funding, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint this month by an additional 203 tonnes, making it nearly 3,600 tonnes since we started. That’s the equivalent of over 10.75 kilometres squared of sea ice being saved, nearly 4,500 tonnes of rubbish being recycled instead of being put into a landfill, over 6,600 metric tonnes of coal not being burned, or over 5,600,000 litres of petrol not being used.