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What is a Carbon Footprint?
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Our carbon footprint accounts for over half our total Ecological Footprint.


What is the Ecological Footprint?

The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the earth's ecosystems. It measures how much land and water people need to produce the resources they consume and then compares this to biocapacity, nature's ability to meet this demand.


Why responsible water usage is crucial?

South Africa is one of the world’s 30 driest countries and we don’t have any truly large rivers. Plus, much of the fresh water than runs off the land is polluted through industrial activity like mining. We have a growing population and a growing economy. If we don’t plan well enough, we may face absolute water scarcity by 2025 which means not enough water to meet domestic, industrial and agricultural needs.


Why we need sustainable seafood practices?

Over-fishing and other responsible fishing practices have taken their toll on marine life. Recognisable MSC logos (or the equivalent) should be visible on all relevant fish products sold in stores. This will ensure the survival of species and the sustainability of supplies for this popular food.


Why go organic?

It not only has the benefi t of being free from artifi cial and potentially harmful substances, its production is kinder to the planet and is therefore more sustainable. Plus, animals used for organic meat are reared naturally and are therefore not subject to the sometimes harsh conditions of intensive farming.

 

Why should we stop using plastic bags?
Plastic makes up 80% litter on land 90% of floating litter in the ocean. These pieces of plastic soak up a chemicals and insecticides. Marine life that eat these then die. It is estimated that over a 100,000 different birds, seals and whales die every year (reusablebags.com). After the animal dies and its body decomposes the plastic is then free to roam the ocean and kill once again.


Why is bottled water bad for the environment?

Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. Even though the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and in demand by recyclers, more than 80% of plastic bottles are simply thrown away. Because of its slow decay rate, the vast majority of all plastics ever produced still exist somewhere.