#Earthday2018

For over 50 years, Klorane has taken care of nature to take care of you.

In honour of celebrating Earth Day we want to take the opportunity to take a look at our eco-responsible initiatives that are paying off. Now, more than ever we need to commit to protect our planet in any way we can, big or small. We have proof that through this dedication we can reverse the environmental impact on the Earth. 

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Costa Rica running on Green electricity.

Costa Rica is a small state in Central America known for its ecological diversity. They are at the fore front of finding new ways to limit their environmental impact. Last year (18 November 2017), this country of 5 million people had met most of electricity needs using only renewable energy resources.

According to local authorities, more than 99.62% of the country's electricity needs have been met using hydroelectric power (78.26%), wind energy, geo thermal energy (10.32%0 and finally biomass and solar energy (0.84%). As a result, fossil fuels accounted for only 0.38% of the electricity mix produced in Costa Rica. 

The hole in the Ozone layer is decreasing

Scientists have been sensing a change in the Ozone layer and they have now proved it: the hole in the Ozone layer, long observed over Antarctica, has significantly reduced. According to an international study published last June in the Journal of Science, its volume has decrease by about 20%. 

This decline is the direct result of the adoption in 1987 of the Montreal Protocol, which progressively banned the use of chemicals containing chlorofluorocarbons, known as CFCs that were used in aerosols as propellants. The Ozone layer plays a crucial role in our health because it absorbs a large part of the ultraviolet rays, especially UV-B which is the most dangerous. 

San Francisco is on it's way to recycling 100% of it's waste

In the early 2000s, the second most densely populated city in the United States after New York made a massive claim to become a "zero waste" city. Eighteen years later and the results are spectacular. Today, this city of almost a million people are recycling or composting more than 80% if its waste.

As the result of a well thought-out tax system, businesses and residents are searching for new ways to reduce and sort their waste, particularly since they can see the benefits that the recycling industry brings to the city by creating jobs. San Francisco has announced a new updated claim that it will recycle all its waste by 2020. 

Regeneration of damaged corals

An innovative technique has been developed to save our corals - which have been damaged by global warming or industrial and agricultural activities. The technique has been developed by a team from the University of Southern Cross, Australia. Healthy coral is fertilised and sent to a laboratory where larvae is produced. The healthy larvae are then embedded in large quantities to damaged coral reefs. 

An eight month follow up at the sites in the Barrier Reef in Australia found that the coral has not only survived but had developed very well. With such great results, we can potentially replicate this process on a much larger scale around the globe. 

Klorane Botanical Foundation's action in the Amazon in partnership with UNESCO Green Citizens Program  

According to estimates from Greenpeace, in Brazil alone, nearly 900 trees are chopped down every minute. The Klorane Botanical Foundation has developed a partnership with The Beraca Institute to try and make a difference to this number. This partnership involves conducting research (with help from a professor of socioecology of the Federal University of Peru, Belem) on what the impact would be on the forest by using the Capuacu plant in our products.

The initial exploration phase has identified several action sites and set up an ambitious plan to share knowledge between the different communities using Capuacu, an example of this is the community of Santa Luzia, which have over 2 decades with of experience in agroforestry research. The community  passes their knowledge on to the isolated community of Bela Aurora which is made up of descendants of slaves. This knowledge allows them to cultivate/farm Capuaca by combining it with other endemic plants. This exemplary sustainable development education initiative has received acclaim from UNESCO as part of the international program "UNESCO Green Citizens, Pathfinders for Change."»

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