Welsh Wildlife and Ecodek
Across Britain wildlife population has fallen drastically in the past years, and it will continue to fall if nothing is done to protect it. According to the Living Planet Report 2018, the global wildlife population has fallen by an average of 60% since 1970. The biggest cause of wildlife decline are actions driven by humans, mostly by consumption. It leading to deforestation, destruction of landscapes, plastic pollution and pollution of oceans. Currently only 25% of planet Earth is free from human impact, and it’s expected to fall to only 10% in the next 30 years.
In Wales, where Ecodek is based, around 725,000 plastic bottles a day are used, and it’s estimated that only 50% of these are recycled. Right now, there is a risk of 1 in 14 native species disappearing altogether. Wales is also at risk of missing its targets for fighting carbon emissions, increased by 5% in 2016 (according to the Living Planet Report 2018).
WWF Cymru considers Wales ahead of the rest of the UK in laying foundations to protect biodiversity, which includes passing the Well being of Future Generations (WFG) Act and the Environment Act. However the charity wants more action which will help wildlife decline and reverse nature loss.
One of the examples of declining wildlife is the tiny water vole. These little fellows were once a common sighting in Wales’s waterways, however since 1970s, their numbers have decreased by 90%! The cause of such drastic decline was the introduction of North American mink for fur farming, which has a horrendous effect on the number of water voles. Another example of an animal known by everyone, a hedgehog, which numbers have declined by 75% in urban areas of the UK between 2002 and 2014, mainly due loss of habitats and pesticides reducing prey.
The charity Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) focuses on protection of environment and wildlife in agricultural areas, and encourages farmers to do so by allowing them to participate in the Lapwing Award. In order to qualify, the farm owners need to demonstrate a real commitment to species and habitat conservation, and show how they integrate their environmental management in their farm business. This year, second place was taken by a farm owned by one of our colleagues here at Ecodek!
Steps are being undertaken to help combat the decline of wildlife, and here at Ecodek our commitment to sustainable manufacturing is clear. Ecodek produced over 1 million linear meters of decking in 2017, consuming 3600 tonnes of sustainably sourced wood and recycled plastics (HDPE taken from recycled milk bottles!).
Ecodek have achieved “carbon negative” status for the production of its composite decking system. A life-cycle assessment programme, undertaken by the BioComposites Centre of Bangor University, considered production of the decking on a cradle to factory gate basis, accounting for all significant materials, transport, energy use and packaging inputs. Results showed that production of ecodek® actually had a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding to it – hence carbon negative – a huge achievement in modern manufacturing and one that clearly illustrates the company’s environmental credentials.
The footage bellow is of a rare hummingbird Hawk Moth – sighting at North Wales Farm owned by our colleague here at Ecodek!