April 16, 2019 4 min read

Earth Day - 22nd April

The Earth Day Network was first established in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. The idea was first thought of by a USA Senator who hoped to raise public awareness of pollution and other environment issues. It now an all-year event aiming to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe. Earth Day Network promotes various ideas to increase awareness among people, including convincing people to buy green products, focus on the concept of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse, pledging friends and family to fight against global warming. 

Each year Earth Day celebrated on 22nd April in approximately 190 countries worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental improvement and sustainability. It is estimated that over 1 billion people around the world are in some way involved in Earth Day events or causes. In 2009, Earth Day was officially renamed  by the United Nations as International Mother Earth Day.

Earth Day has become a more significant event each year, increasingly acknowledging the important of the planet. This is because people have been experiencing shortages of food, increasing fuel prices, increased global warming and changing weather patterns.

Various suggestions are brought to light about recycling, energy conservation,  increasing plant and tree growth, save water, respect nature, reduce toxins in the air, keep the environment clean, reduce air pollution, planting trees and flowers to increase oxygen and love and respect towards all animals who inhabit the earth. There are small ideas with huge impact such as – plant a tree every year, switch off light when not in use, use recyclable bags for grocery shopping etc. presented during Earth Day celebrations.

On transportation side, companies are now manufacturing and selling hybrid and electric that do not make use of petrol or diesel to run. New technologies are coming in which are making these cars at par to that of cars running on petrol and diesel.

By implementing and making changes in their environmental approach towards Mother Earth, then our planet would be a much better place to live in today and for future generations.

FelinFach Environment and Sustainability Policy

FelinFach is a small entrepreneurial business working in the Preseli mountain area of Wales, in the UK. We live and work in an environmentally sensitive part of the country and have adopted an Environment and Sustainability Policy. This policy is published on our website and is reviewed and reported on every six months.

Mission Statement

“Building sustainability into our strategy and operating methods”

Policy Statement

As a small business, we will never change the world on our own, but we wish to make our contribution to improving the environment. We will continually reduce environmental impacts and incorporate environmental factors into all our business decisions. We will favour more environmentally friendly and efficient products and we will reuse and recycle everything we are able to. We will establish our carbon footprint and take steps to reduce it over time.

  1. Production materials - wool, cotton, silk, leather, paper and dyes
We aim to source our materials from ethical suppliers as close to our business as possible. All dyes used to colour our materials are derived from plant or insect-based dye-stuffs – no acidic or chemical dyes are used at all.
  1. Transportation and packaging
We will reduce our packaging requirements as much as possible and seek alternatives that are biodegradable but also water resistant, where required. We will monitor the environmental performance of our transportation couriers and incorporate such performance into our decision-making processes.
  1. Energy and water

We will seek to reduce the amount of energy and water used and seek green energy tariffs wherever possible

Monitoring and reporting

We will review this policy on a six-monthly basis and report accordingly.

Last Reviewed: 1st February 2019
Next Review: 1st August 2019

Reforestation – Plant a Tree Campaigns

Autumn leaves on forest floor

One of the ways Earth Day Network improves the environment is through it’s campaign to planting trees across the globe. The Canopy Project is one that the Earth Day Network has championed since 2010 and which has planted tens of millions of trees. In a similar way, the National Forest project in the UK has planted 8,965,000 trees and is only 35,000 trees short of the 9 million mark. Anybody can help to reach this target by planting one or more trees in the National Forest. 

Sunlight through forest canopy

The benefits of trees to any environment are quite huge. Trees are a source of food and energy but also income to help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Trees also create ecosystems that provide habitats and foods for birds and other animals. Trees also filter the air and absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. As an example, the oxygen required by four people can be supplied by one large tree. The Earth Day goal for 2020, its 50th anniversary is to plant one tree for every person on earth, that is approximately 7.8 billion trees!

FelinFach has committed to donating to these tree planting campaigns. Indeed, we have planted some 50 trees in our garden to get the ball rolling!

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