We believe in doing our bit for the health of our planet.
Did you know that of the millions of plant species, only nine account for two-thirds of all food production?
This agricultural monoculture has crowded out biodiversity (biodiversity refers to all the variety of life that can be found on Earth - plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms - as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live).
Topsoil is required for 95% of all food consumed and contains a quarter of the world’s biodiversity, yet one third has been degraded. One third of forests have disappeared and during this August alone, there were circa 30,000 fires in the amazon and land equivalent to eight times the size of London has burned.
The State of the World’s Plants report highlighted that 40% of all plants are at risk of extinction. Species are being lost before they can even be named, and it’s not just food – more than 700 plants used for medicine are at risk of extinction. Westernisation of food trends has reduced choice and resulted in micronutrient deficiencies in 30% of the world’s population.
At Bodyhero we take our role in Biodiversity extremely seriously and are proud to be working with Ecologi to have created our very own forest in Madagascar, planting 1 tree for every order placed on our website in partnership with The Eden Reforestation Projects. It’s now common knowledge that one of the best tools to tackle the climate crisis and keep our temperatures from rising above 1.5C is to plant trees. They are also crucial to preventing ecological collapse.
But it’s not just abroad where the health of our planet is an issue. The UK's woodland is home to a wealth of wildlife, from shade-loving plants and delicate fungi, to nesting birds, elusive mammals and rare insects. Ancient woodland in particular supports more species than any other land-based habitat in the UK. But woodland cover in the UK is one of the lowest in Europe, and as a country we need to do more to increase it to help meet the needs of our wildlife. If we don't protect what we have left and work to create woodlands of the future, we stand to lose more than just trees.
We commit to planting a minimum of 1 tree per month in a new reforestation project, helping plant a deciduous forest in the Scottish Highlands, and to grow this frequency in line with our business growth.
If you want to learn more we recommend watching “Extinction: The Facts” on the BBC iPlayer and “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet” on Netflix in which Sir David Attenborough explores how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all, and outlines the steps we must all take to turn things around.
Our workforce is also Climate Positive meaning that through our additional tree planting activity and financing of carbon reduction projects worldwide, we offset their entire carbon footprint, including emissions from their home, personal travel, holidays, food, hobbies and more.
All of our packaging is also 100% recyclable and made from sustainable materials. We keep a close eye on developments in the packaging space and where we can continue to make further improvements, we absolutely will.
Bodyhero ready to drink shake cartons are not only recyclable, they are made from FSC certified raw material. Tetra Pak® leads the world in good packaging, working with non-GMO farmers in Brazil to create plant based “biocaps” derived from sugarcane, which are used on our cartons. This represents 5% of our carton; in-fact our whole pack is 100% recyclable and made with nearly 70% renewable material, the majority of which is paperboard. Furthermore our outer boxes are also made from sustainable fully recyclable box board. Tetra Pak paperboard manufacture uses minimal fossil fuels and energy creating a very small carbon footprint with massive waste reduction.
We all need to do our bit.