Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the numerous and diverse benefits that people openly benefit from the natural surroundings and also from properly-functioning ecosystems. Such ecosystems contain, by way of instance, agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems working properly supplies such matters such as agricultural produce, lumber, and aquatic organisms including fishes and fishes. Together, these advantages have become called'ecosystem services', and are frequently essential to the provisioning of fresh drinking water, the decomposition of wastes, as well as also the natural pollination of plants and other crops. Supporting services comprise services like nutrient cycling, primary production, soil formation, habitat supply and pollination.

Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation for wild species is among the most crucial problems facing the environment today - both in the sea and on land. As human populations increase, land usage grows, and wild species have smaller distances to call house. Over fifty percent of all Earth's terrestrial surface was changed because of human activity, leading to extreme deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss, and even extinction. Species can't survive out their normal habitat with no human intervention, like the habitats within a zoo or aquarium, such as. Maintaining habitats is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Migratory species are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction since they have a tendency to occupy more than a natural habitat. Changing a natural habitat slightly may bring about a domino effect that hurts the whole ecosystem.

Supporting services

While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem solutions implicitly for a long time, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) from the early 2000s popularized this idea. Additionally, ecosystem services are grouped into four broad classes:
Supporting services
Provisioning

like the creation of water and food

Supporting services
Regulating

like the control of disease and climate

Supporting services
Encouraging

including nutrient cycles and oxygen generation

Supporting services
Ethnic

such as recreational and spiritual advantages

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Top 5 eco-friendly gift ideas

Whether you’re eco-conscious yourself, or buying for someone who appreciates green gifts, I’ve tried to think of gift suggestions that don’t harm the environment in any way, and that also help promote small businesses and wildlife/environmental charities.

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Whether you’re eco-conscious yourself, or buying for someone who appreciates green gifts, I’ve tried to think of gift suggestions that don’t harm the environment in any way, and that also help promote small businesses and wildlife/environmental charities.

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Christmas is the perfect time to show your gratitude towards those you love; but it can so easily become over-ruled with throwaway plastic packaging, single-use wrapping paper and hoards of unnecessary boxes and polystyrene. That’s why I’ve compiled my top 5 gift eco-friendly ideas for Black Friday (because, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em — so here’s to turning Black Friday green!).

Whether you’re eco-conscious yourself, or buying for someone who appreciates green gifts, I’ve tried to think of gift suggestions that don’t harm the environment in any way, and that also help promote small businesses and wildlife/environmental charities.

I’ve already covered my top 10 ways of reducing plastic waste around the home (check out part 1 and part 2 if you missed that) so I’ll be keeping specifically to gift items on this list…

1. Woodsloth’s Handcrafted Bamboo Plant Pot

I don’t know about you, but given that 2020 has been a year of seemingly endless days of staying at home; home decor and ‘bringing the outdoors in’ have become two seamless passions of mine.

This bamboo planter was gifted to me by Wood Sloths when I became an ambassador for Wasteless Market earlier in the year, and I adore both its simplicity and versatility.

Perfect for use as a plant pot, ornament, toothbrush holder, desk-tidy, etc. it’s incredibly useful and certainly not full of plastic nasties!

Wood Sloths have handcrafted a limited supply of these unique plant pots and I think they make for a great and unusual gift.

They also stock personalised bamboo straws and other eco-friendly and upcycled products over at: wastelessmarket.co.uk/woodsloths

2. Cork Minimalist Card Holders by Katie Rose Sews

Another awesome eco item from @wasteless.market, this cute card holder is made by @katie_rose_sews_handmade using cork vegan leather. Super handy for credit cards, gift cards, bus tickets, etc.; these also look great and you can physically feel the quality.

Katie Rose utilises cork fabric as a leather-alternative – a natural, sustainably sourced plant-based material.⁠

Shop the full range at: wastelessmarket.co.uk/katie-rose-sews⁠

3. Limited Edition Orangutan Alliance Soap

A palm-oil free alternative to the many Christmas soap-sets you’ll see; Orangutan Alliance have partnered with Viva La Body to create their very own limited edition Orangutan Alliance soap.

Scented like beautiful lemon myrtle, this soap bar is not just a fantastic plastic free alternative: for every bar of soap sold, at least one tree will be planted in an area critical to the survival of endangered species.

Every tree planted will also play a role in mitigating climate change. Every tree helps bring back balance in the Earth’s intricate ecosystems.

This completely guilt-free purchase is certified:
• Palm oil free
• Cruelty free
• Vegan
• Australian made
• Plastic free
• Compostable (Zero waste)

Find out more at: orangutanalliance.org

4. That’s Wild wildlife photography prints

That’s Wild are a newly-launched non-profit organisation selling wildlife photography prints to generate funding for wildlife-based NGOs through a structure that ensures their photographers are paid fairly for their work.

Check out some of the beautiful wildlife photography they have for sale.

Their mission is to support wildlife conservation worldwide and do so by celebrating wildlife and nature.

To do this, they have partnered with 7 awesome photographers to build a website where they sell inspiring wildlife photography prints and donate 100% of our profits to small, local NGOs around the world that need funding to continue their work.

The first charity they have partnered with to donate their profits to is the Gibbon Conservation Society (GCS)!

Bam the founder of The Gibbon Conservation Society, the first beneficiary of That’s Wild

In the process, they also pay the photographers a commission for each print of theirs they sell, which helps them to continue with their storytelling.

That’s Wild have 15% off of all prints this Black Friday Weekend, just use the code: THATSWILD15 over at: thatswildprints.com

5. Sea Change Wine

The team at Sea Change Wine is working hard to turn the tide when it comes to ethically sourced, eco-friendly wines — and hope in time they can encourage the rest of the wine industry change too!

Every bottle helps to fund ocean conservation projects across the globe and their minimal packaging reduces waste and environmental impact — and is designed to be as sustainable as possible.

What does as ‘sustainable as possiblemean?

* The labels are ‘Grape touch’ paper, made from 15% grape waste and the rest is FSC certified sustainable.
* The bottle is noticeably lighter than a regular bottle (particularly when empty! I can vouch for that! 😂), reducing the carbon footprint of shipping and using less glass.
* The cork is recyclable, biodegradable and environmentally-friendly, made from fully renewable natural sources.
*No capsule around the cork helps to avoid unnecessary waste!

AND if being that level of eco-friendly is not enough; for every bottle sold, a donation goes to ocean conservation charities — in the UK these are Plastic Oceans UK and Sea Changers.

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Disclaimer: For complete transparency, I have previously been gifted a bottle of Sea Change wine, a cork minimalist card holder and a Wood Sloths bamboo planter from the respective brands. No money was exchanged for this blog post and no formal agreement with any of these brands/products was made that they would feature on my blog. I just like ’em!

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Like this post? Check out Wild Lines: Beautiful wildlife-themed Christmas Cards to spread festive cheer and Amazing Animals Fact Cards: the perfect gift for kids who love animals.

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