This is a very short and quick update. Basic statistics until 31 October 2010.
Plastic consumed to date: 15,333 pure water sachets
Cloth consumed: 25 kgs
Baskets produced: 66
No. of people working with regularly: 21
No. of people worked with in total: 32
Trees planted: 126
= 113 Niim
= 13 Mango
We shall be adding new photos shortly, including the niim tree planting day–just as soon as our phone and our computer kiss and make up and decide to talk to each other again.
Tree-planting and re-using waste that otherwise would be burnt, causing it to emit carbon dioxide and other gases, are G-lish’s contribution to reducing green-house gas emissions.
In August alone basket production consumed 8000+ plastic bags.
Here is an extraordinary statistic: If G-lish produces 1000 baskets a month (a five year target), they will support between 150-350 craftspeople and consume over 2 million (yes, million!) plastic bags per year in basket production. They will also plant 12,000 trees a year, minimum.
Since the Ghanaian government does not look like banning plastic rubbish anytime soon (although we certainly hope they do this in the fullness of time) we feel this is a good way to use the waste. Each basket uses over 220 pure water bags!
Our vision is that we create our own “green belt” across Ghana as we grow and others join our mission and support hundreds of families to improve their quality of life, while improving the quality of life on our planet too. If you’re interested in knowing more, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are in Ghana but somehow missed the baskets at Trashy’s Accra shop (because they sell quickly), email Godwin and he may be able to help you out if he has some in stock.