OUR GOAL

We aim to plant 10,000 trees by 2021 and offset 200 T of CO2

OUR MISSION

Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This involves that we need to ged rid of old habits and learn new ways of doing things. Our goal at HandyDesign is to teach people the huge impact of their buying power and how to use it to make the world a bit better.


HOW ARE HANDYDESIGN PRODUCTS SUSTAINABLE?

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

All HandyDesign products are made from 100% recycled wood. No trees are cut down to produce the watches. 

HandyDesign reduced the use of plastic of 95% in the past year. This mean that we reduced the use of plastic in packaging as much as we could. If you find plastic bags inside HandyDesign packaging is due national safety regulations that we must follow.

SUSTAINABLE IMPACT
With just ONE purchase, this is the impact YOU achieve:
  • Be part of HandyDesign #GreenMission, and fund projects aimed to reforest, rewild and protect endangered areas around the world 
  • Be part of HandyDesign #CleanEnergy Mission, and fund projects aimed to deliver sustainable energy to people who don't have access to it
  • In total, you contribute to 26 carbon offsetting projects with Gold Standard Certification and in line with the United Nations SDGs

HOW WE TAKE ACTION

#GREENMISSION

REFORESTING, REWILDING, PROTECTING

WHY PLANT a tree?

Trees clean the air we breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen. By absorbing CO2, trees help reduce the effects of climate change. But that's not it, they also absorb other pollutant gases like ozone, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide, and remove dust and smoke particles. 


They filter the water we drink and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Also, forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people!


So, the question should rather be 'WHY NOT PLANT A TREE?'

HANDYDESIGN GREENMISSION

CONTRIBUTES TO THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS

Mangrove planting in Madagascar

Madagascar is more than just an island from an animated movie. It’s a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. But more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the Malagasy’s ability to farm and live on the land. Entire mangrove estuaries are gone, leaving the bare earth to wash away into the sea.


Your funds support the non-profit Eden Reforestation Projects as they continue to reforest the island. Eden are world leaders in responsible reforestation, having already planted 265 million trees and created 2.6 million work days for local communities.

Restoring wildfire affected New South Wales, Australia

Australia has experienced one of the largest natural disasters in history. This year’s fire season brought about unprecedented destruction as wildfires spread across every Australian state, burning up nearly 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres) of bush as of March 2020. But the devastation witnessed in the state of New South Wales is nearly unfathomable – 4 million hectares (9.9 million acres) have been lost, over 1,500 homes destroyed or damaged. The local wildlife most hard hit was in New South Wales, home to some of the most iconic of Australia’s wildlife – koalas, wombats and kangaroos.


This project is expected to restore over 6 million trees across the country in 2020 thanks to your ongoing support. Plenty of help will be needed to restore this landscape back to health.

Reforesting Dalry, Scotland

Just 30 minutes outside Glasgow, deep into the countryside you find Dalry, North Ayrshire where your trees will be planted and cared for. Previously stock land, it stretches over 430 acres and was once the home to native Scottish wildlife including adders, hares and hedgehogs. Unfortunately, due to neglect and poor farming, the land has become barren but with the help of projects like this the land is starting to take a turn towards a much more healthy state.

Peruvian protection of the Amazon

Located in south east Peru, the Madre de Dios region, we’ll be funding the protection of 98,932 hectares of Amazonian rainforest. Protection of this area will prevent 659,793 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere each year.


This project ensures the long-term conservation and sustainable management of the forest, promotes healthy wildlife habitat, and prevents future compromise of the forest carbon stocks.

Protecting the Amazon from deforestation in Brazil

Deforestation amounts to the second-leading cause of climate change, after fossil fuel burning. Tropical forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, and as stated in the Paris Agreement, humanity’s future is tied to it. The Amazonian rainforest is a symbol of this and has found itself at most risk. In 2019 it was measured to be losing prime forest at a rate of three football fields a minute.

In this particular project, Jarí Para REDD+, we’ll be funding the protection of 496,988 hectares of Brazilian rainforest. Over the course of this 30 year phase of the project, there have been calculated a net saving of 15,491,971 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere.

Rewilding the Appalachians, USA

This project is a five year, multi-state effort. The non-profit charity One Tree Planted have big ambitions of replanting up and down the Appalachian Trail. Supporting this project will return formerly unproductive mining, logging, and agricultural land to balance. Planting trees here will also benefit nearby communities as hydrological function will be improved, providing them with better quality water. This project also creates meaningful jobs in communities suffering high rates of poverty and unemployment. Conservation practices will also be put into action to ensure the forests are maintained sustainably for many years to come.

Forest plantation on degraded grassland, Uruguay

Located in the heart of Uruguay, this project turns 21,298 hectares of land that has been used for cattle grazing for over 300 years, to sustainable managed forestry.

Overseen and validated by the Rainforest Alliance, the project’s initial 60 year lifespan will sequester 7,644,973 tonnes of CO2.

Reforesting Kijabe, Kenya

This project is aimed to reforest the Kijabe Forest in Kenya. Years ago the indigenous forest was turned into a eucalyptus plantation (non-native species). After the eucalyptus was harvested 15 years ago, it has sat deforested ever since. There are a few patches of eucalyptus that have continued to regrow over the years, but for the most part it’s bare land. The areas that weren’t under plantation have been deforested for charcoal and firewood over the last 15-20 years, and is no longer a closed canopy forest, but a mix of pasture and degraded forest thickets.

#CLEANENERGY MISSION

DELIVER CLEAN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

HOW OFFSET CARBON EMISSION?

The carbon absorbed by the trees planted by us isn’t actually taken in to account when talking about offsetting our carbon emissions. This is because we want the highest standard of certification of carbon offsets, the Gold Standard, to be responsible for offsetting your carbon footprint. So when we fund climate change solutions through our partner Ecology, we are both funding planting of trees, and funding certified carbon offset projects

HANDYDESIGN CLEANENERGY MISSION 

CONTRIBUTES TO THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS

Wind power in Turkey

The Akbuk Wind Power Plant has 15 installed wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 31.5MW. The project has displaced fossil-fuel generated energy in a rural region of Turkey, creating jobs during the construction phase and ongoing maintenance.


The Akbuk plant is famous for its coastal location and is probably one of the most scenic wind farms in the world!

Improved cooking stoves in Kenya 

The Aberdares clean cook stove project subsidises clean cooking technologies for rural Kenyans. Since 2011 over 10,000 stoves have been distributed in the Aberdares region of Kenya. The new stoves require less wood fuel (than traditional stoves) to cook a meal. This has the effect of reducing direct carbon emissions from wood burning and indirect carbon emissions by reducing deforestation.


Part of the Aberdare Range is an indigenous forest and collection of fire wood places a great strain on the local ecosystem. A further co-benefit of cleaning cooking projects is the reduced indoor air pollution, improving the respiratory health of those that use the stoves on a daily basis.

Repairing damaged water boreholes in Malawi

In this small scale project located in Dowa, Malawi it repairs damaged and drills new water boreholes. Without access to these boreholes, communities resort to needing to boiling all water that comes from less clean sources.

The boiling process often is done on open cooking stoves using firewood, and as a result sends a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions in to the atmosphere. This particular project will prevent almost 50,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Aside from the benefits to the planet, families are able to spend less time and money on acquiring firewood and can prevent respiratory diseases from smoke inhalation.

Biomass energy generation in Xinjiang, China

Biomass is the use of organic materials, such as grass clippings, dung, bark, and sawdust to create electricity through combustion, or be processed in to oil or gas. While burning biomass release carbon in to the atmosphere, it is essentially trading carbon already in the carbon cycle. It cycles from atmosphere to plants and back again. Crucially, it is preventing more carbon entering the cycle by not needing to resort to fossil fuels. This is described as a “bridge” solution until there is widespread availability of carbon-free electricity.


This project creates a new biomass power plant in Bachu County of Xinjiang province. The power plant makes use of waste agricultural biomass as the energy source for a new 12 megawatt steam turbine.

During the lifespan of this project it will prevent 340,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Wind Power in India

Orange Mamatkheda Wind (OMWPL) is installing a wind power project in the villages of Mandsaur & Ratlam districts of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The purpose of the project’s activity is to generate electrical power using wind energy through the operation of Wind Electric Generators (WEG’s). The total installed capacity of the project activity is 100.5 MW (million watts) comprising of 67 ReGen wind turbines of 1500 kW capacity each.


For context, wind turbines typically generate 2-3 MW of power each — or at least, they are capable of producing that kind of power when the wind is really blowing. Of course, the wind doesn’t always blow, so as a rule of thumb, a typical 2 MW wind turbine can provide electricity for about 350 homes.

Santa Marta landfill gas capture in Chile

The Santa Marta Landfill Gas Project, located in one of the most important landfills in the Santiago region of Chile, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by capturing, flaring and generating electricity from the methane gas (LFG) produced at the landfill. The Santa Marta landfill spans over 700 acres and receives approximately 1.3 million metric tons of waste every year. The resulting LFG produces 28 MW of renewable energy into the regional grid.


This Gold Standard-certified project includes a plan to continuously support local communities through a nursery and day care in Lonquén, as well as investments in school infrastructure. This simultaneously creates new job opportunities for women staffing these facilities, and allows women working on the Santa Marta Landfill Gas Recovery Project to use the nursery while they are at work.

Cleaner and safer stoves in Malawi

This Gold Standard project is a biomass energy conservation project operating in Malawi. This particular phase of the project is responsible for avoiding 157,816 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Solar project in Rajasthan

The project involves the installation of 20 megawatt solar power project in Rajasthan. The project will remove emissions of greenhouse gases estimated to be 35,149 tCO2e per yearh. Displacing 35,951 MWh/year of electricity from the grid, which is mainly dominated by thermal/fossil fuel based power plant.

Sidrap wind farm, Indonesia

The project involves the installation of 20 megawatt solar power project in Rajasthan. The project will remove emissions of greenhouse gases estimated to be 35,149 tCO2e per yearh. Displacing 35,951 MWh/year of electricity from the grid, which is mainly dominated by thermal/fossil fuel based power plant.

Converting waste rice husks in to 20 MP of power

This project creates a new biomass power plant in Siltara, Raipur. The power plant makes use of rice husks waste as the energy source for a new 20 megawatt steam turbine. The rice husks are collected from within 50KM of the project site.


During the lifespan of this project it will prevent 340,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. It is a Gold Standard certified project and can be found on the Gold Standard registry.

The project operator is enabling the following co-benefits: A new health clinic in the village of Kachhe AariDongri; teachers have been appointed to local schools with salaries paid; provide scholarships and school trips; creation of jobs and training centres for girls and women; installed a new water pump in the village Tada; provide tankers of water for local communities during summer droughts; and creation of new roads in and around the area.

Wind energy in Hatay, Turkey

This Gold Standard carbon offset project from Elektrik Üretim A.Ş., installs 16 wind turbines (3 megawatts each) in the southern Turkish province on the Mediterranean coast, Hatay.


When it is fully operation the project will be responsible for 60,226 tonnes of CO2e emission reductions each year.

Improved stoves in Eritrea

90% of the energy demand in Eritrea is derived from burning wood and charcoal, however, presently <1% of Eritrea is forested. The scarcity of wood coupled with high demand has put increasing stress on the natural environment, and on those who travel great distances and spend considerable time collecting fire wood, predominantly women and children.
Reducing the demand for wood fuel is key in easing both the pressure on local environments, and the burden of purchasing or time and effort spent collecting wood.

This Gold Standard project involves the distribution of approximately 8,000 domestic fuel-efficient cook stoves to households within the Anseba district in Eritrea. Annually, it will save 10,960 tonnes of wood from being burned.

Bio-Digester for rural farmers in Vietnam

This multi-award winning Gold Standard project provides farmers with a way of producing their own renewable fuels from animal manure.

Biogas digesters are installed that capture the potent greenhouse gas, methane, from organic materials that are fed in to it, such as crop waste, animal and human excreta. Methane creates a warming effect 34 times stronger than carbon dioxide over one hundred years. 

The methane gas is used for cooking, power, and basic lighting. This renewable fuel would otherwise come from dirtier, unsustainable sources.

The residue from the digester, bio slurry can be used as a powerful organic fertiliser, that bring down the cost of agriculture and significantly improves crop yields.

There are now 158,500 digesters installed, which on average save 5.9 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Wind farm project in Turkey

This Gold Standard carbon offset project from Elektrik Üretim A.Ş., installs 16 wind turbines (2.5 megawatts each) in the north western Turkish province, Bilecik.

When fully operation the project will be responsible for responsible for 63,392 tonnes of CO2e emission reductions each year.

Thailand landfill gas capture

One of Asia’s largest landfill sites is having its potent methane gas cleaned up, in a first of its kind project.

Methane is around 32 times as potent as a greenhouse gas as CO2. This project captures the methane produced by the landfill site and is then used to generate 16MW of clean energy. This electricity is fed in to Thailand’s grid, further accelerating the transition away from relying on fossil fuels.

Kamphaeng Saen West has already prevented the equivalent of 900k tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, and it is expected to capture a total of 5.2 million tonnes over its lifetime.

This project is monitored and certified at the highest available industry standard, Gold Standard.

Solar project in Maharashtra, India

The project involves the installation of 100 megawatt solar power project in west India, Maharashtra. The project will displace 164,869 tonnes of CO2 every year during the project’s lifetime. India’s electricity grid is made up of 55% coal, and it is in urgent need of accelerating their transition to a low carbon energy mix.

Source: Gold Standard

Istanbul landfill gas capture

Situated on the outskirts of Istanbul, this large scale project produces 65MW of electricity, enough to provide clean and affordable power for 1.2 million homes.

This project captures and converts waste gas, methane, from sanitary landfill sites. Methane is around 32 times as potent as a greenhouse gas as CO2. The gas is used to power turbines that feed electricity in to Turkey’s grid.

The funding of this project directly prevents the equivalent of 1,500,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year.

Delivering clean drinking water to Haiti

In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, resulting in an estimated 300,000 deaths and over $8 billion dollars in damage. Since then, millions in Haiti still lack clean water and sanitation. The supporting of this project means you’ll be helping 2,580 families, delivering over 250 million liters of water to their homes.

This Gold Standard project will provide clean drinking water to communities in Haiti. The Hydraid water filters provide a simple, safe and effective household water filter that will operate for 10 years or longer. It uses centuries-old slow sand technology to remove up to 99% of waterborne pathogens. With safe drinking water, communities reduce time absent from school or work due to illness and save money on medical expenses. This project presents a new solution to the challenges of extreme poverty, poor health, and the increasing carbon dioxide emissions associated with burning wood to boil water for drinking.

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”Most actors today agree that our modern society has to develop in more sustainable ways. We must continuously work to improve all stages of the product’s life cycle, from design, raw material, manufacturing, transport, marketing and final sale, to use, reuse, repair, remake and recycling of the product and its components.” 


At HandyDesign we only select raw materials that meet our sustainability criteria.