Make It Wild!
I thought it was about time I tell you a bit about some of our suppliers, so today I'm introducing Helen from Make It Wild. Her business is where we get our bamboo cotton buds from for our Eco Baby Box.
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Who are Make it Wild?
Make it Wild is a family business, set up in 2018. We feel nature has been squeezed out of its space and our main objective is to manage land to correct this. As our mission statement says:
“It’s not our aim to protect nature, it’s our purpose.”
We support nature and the environment, in everything we do, and encourage others to do the same.
We are based in North Yorkshire. We started with a family project to plant thousands of trees, which now form a beautiful woodland, Sylvan Nature Reserve, near Kirk Hammerton. Next came our beautiful Bank Woods in Nidderdale, and most recently Dougill Grange, where we have ambitious plans to plant 10,000 trees.
The main thing we do is improve the biodiversity on our sites, largely through tree planting, which also helps to combat climate change. We recently planted our 25,000th tree! We have also sown acres of wildflowers, dug 12 ponds, put up 27 bird boxes and protected 20 acres of Ancient Woodland.
We sell eco-friendly products, through our online shop, and at farmers markets. We also offer tree dedications, as a lovely waste-free, hassle-free gift.
Our recently launched, eco-friendly, self-catering holiday cottage, Heather Lea, allows guests exclusive access to our Bank Woods nature reserve.
We have recently started our Carbon Mitigation through Tree Planting scheme, explained in more detail below. This allows people to compensate for their carbon footprint.
All proceeds from these activities go straight to support our nature reserves.
What’s the problem with carbon dioxide and climate change?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a potent greenhouse gas, and is a major contributor to climate change. When fossil fuels are burned, by manufacturing, heating or travel, carbon that has been locked away for millions of years, is released back into the atmosphere as CO2. There, it traps the heat of the sun close to the Earth, causing its temperature to rise. Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by 40%.
Scientists are agreed that CO2 emissions are one of the main causes of climate change, and so the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere must be controlled.
What’s my Carbon Footprint?
Your carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere as a result of your activities, such as travel, running appliances, heating your home, and also the production of your food and clothes.
Our website has information to help you calculate your carbon footprint. It’s important to understand what makes up your carbon footprint, so that you can make changes to reduce it - perhaps insulate your house, switch to renewable electricity or use your car less.
Everyone has a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint, but in modern life it’s difficult to reduce it to zero.
Why is flying so bad?
As aviation fuel burns, it releases CO2 and other green-house gasses, together called CO2e. Aviation has significantly increased the level of CO2 in the atmosphere in recent decades. Unfortunately, the impact of green-house gasses is greater when they are released at high altitudes. Many factors affect the amount of CO2e produced by an aircraft, but it is estimated that, per person, a short flight emits approximately 1 tonne of CO2e, and a long haul flight emits approximately 3 tonnes.
What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is a method used to compensate for CO2 emissions by investing in projects that take CO2 from the atmosphere, stopping it acting as a greenhouse gas.
There are various ways to do this, like investing in renewable energy production, or planting trees, as we do at Make it Wild.
Why do trees help?
Trees reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, absorbing it by photosynthesis, and locking the carbon in their timber. Therefore, planting trees is the perfect way to compensate for your carbon footprint. A typical tree will remove 3.7 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere in 40 years. Trees have many other benefits for nature. They provide shelter, shade and food for many creatures. They stabilise soil and alleviate flooding, and of course they are beautiful!
What happens if I mitigate my carbon footprint with Make it Wild?
Simply decide how many tonnes of CO2 you wish to compensate for, and purchase through our website.
Once you have done this, we will assign the trees to you, and send you a certificate confirming how many tonnes of CO2 you have offset. It includes a map and an aerial photograph showing your trees. We will also send you a ‘badge’ so you can show everyone what you are doing to help the planet.
We will look after your trees, ensuring they reach maturity, so they absorb CO2 for decades to come.
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Thank you Helen - have a prosperous festive period and thanks for your enthusiasm.
Louise @ Navy Frog