Biodiversity Projects

We are committed to investing into biodiversity projects in order to further our carbon negative mission, in addition to planting trees with every purchase. It’s the whole package deal.

In the last 10 months, we've invested in 14 different biodiversity projects, and planted 1,598 trees: 460 Mangroves in Madagascar, 1,127 dry deciduous trees in Changalane, Mozambique and 11 native tree species in Bosawas, Nicaragua. Our tree planting partner is Eden Reforestation Projects.

See below to explore the projects we are supporting:

Delivering clean drinking water to communities in Haiti

Ever since the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, millions of people still don’t have access to clean water and sanitation. This Gold Standard project delivers over 250 million liters of water to 2,580 families by installing clean water filter technology that removes up to 99% of waterborne pathogens. The filters are simple, safe, and effective and operate for at least 10 years. This project not only helps communities in poverty and poor health, but also decreases the carbon dioxide emissions that are correlated to burning wood for boiling water. See the project registry here.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 6, 8, 14

Peruvian and Brazilian Protection of the Amazon

Deforestation is the second-leading cause of climate change, after fossil fuel burning. We are supporting Amazon protection of deforestation in both Peru and Brazil through the Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project. The project will fund the protection of 98,932 hectares of Amazonian rainforest in the Madre de Dios region in Peru, which will prevent 659,793 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In the Brazilian rainforest, the project will fund the protection of 496,988 hectares of Brazilian rainforest which will save 15,491,971 tonnes of CO2 over the 30 year phase of the project. 

Peru Project: UN Sustainable Development Goals: 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 15

Brazil Project: UN Sustainable Development Goals: 12, 13, 15

Solar Power in Maharashtra, India

India’s electricity grid consists of 55% coal, which means that it is in desperate need of accelerating its shift to a low carbon energy mix. This project in Rajasthan, involves the installation of 100 megawatt solar power systems, which will ultimately displace 164,869 tonnes of CO2 every year. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 7, 8, 13

Wind Energy in Andhra Pradesh, India

 Certified by the Gold Standard, this project accelerates the transition from fossil fuels into renewables by installing 50 wind turbines. This project will be responsible for 77.7 tonnes of CO2 emission reductions per year. The added benefits of wind turbine installations in rural India are well paid jobs, quicker access to clean water, and stable & cheaper energy prices.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4, 6, 7, 8, 13

 Preserving the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, Guatemala

This project has set out to restore 54,157 hectares of land, that makes up a part of the Mesoamerican Biology Corridor. We are seeking to address the issue of deforestation specifically in Guatemala where forests have been converted to cropland. This initiative will have positive climate, community and biodiversity impacts in the project zone. The biological corridor itself stretches from Panama all the way through to southern states of Mexico and due to its extensive unique habitat, it is reckoned that Mesoamerica contains somewhere between 7-10% of the worlds known species. The project is monitored and certified by Verified Carbon Standard and the United Nations Redd Program.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 8, 12, 13, 15

Landfill Gas Extraction, Turkey
This project, monitored by the Gold Standard, produces 65MW of electricity which provides clean and affordable power to 1.2 million homes. The waste gas and methane from sanitary landfill sites is captured and converted into clean gas to power turbines that give electricity to Turkey's grid. This project prevents 1,500,000 tonnes of CO2 from going into the atmosphere per year.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 7, 12, 13

Repairing Water Boreholes, Eritrea

 

Only 20% of people in Eritrea have close access to a clean water source. These projects will offer long term access to safe and clean water for hundreds of households in the Zoba Debub district in Eritrea using borehole technology. The project also trains local communities on how to protect its water sources and regularly do maintenance checks on the technology.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 5, 6, 13

Clean energy through Hydropower in Kanungu, Uganda

This project supports a 6.5MW hydropower station located on the Ishasha River, and is estimated to provide around 30 GWh annually of clean energy to the Ugandan energy grid. Kanungu has historically been a very impoverished district of Uganda, the regular power outages have disrupted living in the area and lead to vast poverty and job loss. This Project aims to end energy poverty in the area, aiding economic growth and poverty reduction. The benefits of a constant electricity source is huge, from allowing food to be refrigerated to last longer to children being able to study at night, and even aiding modern sources of medicine that require power. The funding of this project prevents around 20,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere every year. The project is monitored and certified by Verified Carbon Standard.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 7, 8, 13

Forest Plantation, Uruguay

This project turns 21,298 hectares of land over a 60 year life span into sustainably managed forestry. Previously, the land was used for cattle grazing for over 300 years. You can find more information on this project here.

Geothermal Power Production in Java, Indonesia

Indonesia has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world. This geologic activity offers the country huge potential for producing electricity in a sustainable and cost-effective manner through geothermal energy. This award-winning project supports the development of a 117MW geothermal power plant, which is located at the base of twin volcano Wayang-Windu. The project will use renewable energy generated from the geothermal steam to replace electricity generated from traditional coal and diesel methods. Certified by the Verified Carbon Standard.

 UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 13, and 15

Protecting and Restoring Forests in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s mountains in the Hans Meyer Range are incredibly biodiverse and home to many endemic and rare species of both flora and fauna. These regions store high amounts of carbon but are now under threat of conversion and degradation, due to logging and oil palm plantations. This project aims to protect the rainforest and maintain the local biodiversity. The project also invests into local communities to help with access to online schools, healthcare provision, and is introducing solar-powered electricity to local communities. Certified by the Verified Carbon Standard.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, and 16.