Mighty Mangroves

How can my little household help the environment on a bigger scale?

Many of us are already conscious of environmental issues and making small changes where we can. This may be from recycling, switching to  household products free from toxic synthetic chemicals, choosing products that use less plastic and the like. All these things are important, and when joined together with millions of others around the world, these small changes have a huge impact.

Partnering with organizations that work toward ecological sustainability is another great aim. In Paul Hawken’s book, Blessed Unrest, he calculates that there are more than a million environmental groups, some who have over 50,000 members, wanting to safeguard nature. Joining forces with such groups builds momentum and progress toward positive change.

ONEgroup, the parent company of Miessence certified organic personal care and nutrition products, has created a fantastic new opportunity for people from all around the globe to collaborate toward the planting of 1 billion mangrove trees. It’s so easy that you can participate from your own homes while doing something as mundane as your laundry. Each purchase of the new Happi Earth Laundry Liquid will plant a much needed mangrove tree, as well as reducing plastic use by 99% and saving each household 60% on their annual laundry expense.  The product is so concentrated that just one pouch can last up to 400 washes.

Why the mangrove tree you may ask? Apart from the amazing capacity that one hectare of mangroves can neutralize 17 metric tonnes of carbon per year, here are some other benefits: “Mangrove wetland is a multiple use ecosystem. It is considered as a best form of coastal bioshield since it plays a critical role in reducing the impact of cyclonic storms, hurricanes and tsunami on human lives and properties (Danielsen et al., 2005; Selvam, 2005). It also avoids or reduces soil erosion. It enhances fishery productivity of the adjacent coastal waters by acting as a nursery ground for commercially important fish, prawn and crabs and supplying organic and inorganic nutrients. They are also rich in biodiversity and act as habitats for wildlife.” – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations www.fao.org

“Ecologically speaking, mangroves are exciting systems in their own right. Mangrove forests provide homes for several species of plants and animals. Migratory shorebirds and waders forage the mudflats for food. Birds like the cattle egrets and scarlet ibises establish large roosting and nesting sites in mangroves. Great-Horned Owls, Blood-Coloured Woodpeckers, Antshrikes, Mangrove Cuckoos and Rufous-Crab Hawks are all treats for any avid birdwatcher. Several species of fish, monkeys, and turtles find refuge there. The beaches along more mature undisturbed mangroves also serve as nesting sites for endangered sea turtles. The Leatherback and Green Turtles are most common of the five species found within Guyana . Mangroves are fish nurseries as they serve as a source of food for fish, shrimp and crabs that live in rivers and the shallow areas of the sea/ocean, and provide a safe haven for juvenile fish, shrimp and crab located on Guyana ‘s coastline. Mangroves therefore contribute significantly to Guyana’s fishing industry and provide us with our fish resource. Mangroves break down pollutants and play a large role in carbon sequestration (the capturing and storing of carbon ).” – www.mangrovesgy.org

Please ask me as your Miessence Rep how you can join this laundry revolution by switching to Happi to eliminate toxins 100%, reduce plastic 99%, save 60% on costs, get 61% cleaner clothes (on average when tested against other leading brands), and plant a mangrove tree. One billion of them – that’s the goal of the Happi Earth Movement. Together we can make a difference.

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