We are faced with a dilemma: we want to protect the environment and live in a climate-neutral way, but our lifestyle habits fuel CO2 emissions and environmental degradation. So what can we do? It is clear that not only we as consumers have to make our contribution, but also the economy. Reforestation projects such as those from Eden Reforestation Projects are an option for companies.
What do you do for environmental protection?
We have to swallow a pretty bitter pill first: our consumption habits and lifestyle are anything but environmentally friendly. On the contrary, because they destroy the environment:
Our food comes packed in plastic from the other end of the world, we travel by plane to Tuscany for a short vacation and use palm oil and meat to help cut down rainforests. At the same time, we are using fast fashion to promote the exploitation of weakened regions and ...
... presumably the application can be continued on several pages. However, it makes it more than clear that we make numerous decisions with our everyday actions, which also have an impact on the environment and society. And that the situation is no longer serious, but really threatening, must have been received by everyone by now.
However, if we are honest with ourselves, this environmental protection issue is anything but easy: we like traveling by plane, trying out new clothes and eating what we like (and there is often palm oil in it) inside). So we have to cut back and cut back, so that our consumption is less harmful to the environment.
What you can do for environmental protection:
- Consume more sparingly and more consciously
- Avoid plastic
- Travel by train instead of by car or plane
- Live vegetarian or vegan
- Buy seasonal local groceries
- Avoid products with palm oil or pay attention to bio-fair palm oil
- Repair instead of throwing away
- Use ecologically compatible household products
- Buy fair trade clothes instead of fast fashion
- Support fair trade for coffee, tea, cocoa etc.
- Obtain green electricity
And that's not even much to ask, considering that we are one of the major CO2 emitters: In Germany around 8.6 tons of carbon dioxide came to ONE person in 2018 - the global average is 4.8 tons .
So we have to act. All of us.
Environmental protection does not necessarily mean giving up everything
Everyone is responsible for environmental protection. This means that not only we as consumers, but also the manufacturing companies have to act sustainably.
However, sustainability has often been neglected in the last few decades and many companies use the term as naturally as it is inappropriate. The sustainability reports of various companies present small environmental successes as the big profit and distract from the fact that the actual business is highly ecological. The auto industry is just one example of many here.
However, there are companies that are keen to make a real contribution to the environment. They do two things for this:
- They produce in such a way that the damage to the environment is as small as possible.
- And they support meaningful environmental projects to give something back to nature.
With this approach, such companies make it possible for us to treat ourselves to certain conveniences in everyday life and to act as climate-neutral as possible.
What do climate protection projects like Eden Reforestation Projects bring?
With the climate strikes since 2019, CO2 emissions have been one of the main issues for society when it comes to environmental protection: we produce significantly more carbon dioxide than the world can tolerate. Reducing emissions is the most effective protection against overload.
However, the emission cannot be reduced entirely. Because just when a product is transported from A to B, CO2 emissions can arise.
Here, projects like the Eden Reforestation Projects create a way to balance: your goal is to reforest countries and forests. And because trees are a CO2 store, they help to further reduce the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere.
The Eden Reforestation Projects work with numerous companies worldwide that support the projects financially, including the search engine Ecosia or sober - more on that in a moment.
The afforestation projects particularly help the poorer countries on our planet, which are severely affected by the consequences of economic and ecological exploitation: Nepal, Madagascar, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique, and Kenya. These countries are badly affected by deforestation and natural degradation. For example, 75 percent of Mozambique has already been deforested - an alarming number.
What is interesting about NGOs like Eden Reforestation Projects is that they do not just plant a few trees with their work, but also help the people in the countries themselves. The trees create new CO2 stores, but also work for the local people: In this way, they improve the quality of life for the people there and contribute to environmental protection worldwide.
The success figures also show how sensible projects like this are: Since it was founded in 2004, the NGO has soon been able to plant 300 million trees and have created just under 3 million working days for people in 6 countries.
One tree per product: sober supports the Eden Reforestation Projects
It is an important contribution to our climate-positive work: We at sober decided to support the Eden Reforestation Projects and plant a tree with every product sold.
Why are we doing this?
For us it is important to offer cosmetic products that are good for people and the environment. That is why it is our principle to act responsibly. This includes:
- Save resources
- Avoid plastic
- Use safe ingredients
- Produce regionally
- Send climate neutral
By supporting the Eden Reforestation Projects, we can do even more: we give something back to nature and help people in poorer countries - specifically through a tree for every product that we sell.
We do not only take responsibility for our entrepreneurial actions : We give our customers the certainty that they are buying personal care products that are sensible, sensible and sustainable.
Plant a few trees and #staysober