Facts about plastic pollution in Switzerland

75% of Swiss citizens are asking for legally binding measures to resolve the country’s plastic pollution situation.

A representative survey conducted by gfs.bern on behalf of OceanCare in 2020, showed that the population takes the plastic problem seriously. This requires a rethink within Switzerland. The general right to a healthy environment should be weighted higher than the plastic industry's right to profit.
We believe that the focus should be the eradication of disposable plastic such as single use bottles and shopping bags, which remain in the ecosystem over decades. Microplastics that are added to cosmetics or cleaning agents and get into the water when such products are used should also be banned.

To tackle the plastics industry effectively, we, individually, must change our consumer habits and collectively demand better Government regulation.
Not a pretty picture

85-90% of plastic in Switzerland is incinerated

Not recycled, nor Reused, and which causes climate-damaging filter ash and toxic slag!

Shipped overseas

Only a small percentage becomes recyclable, some of which is shipped overseas, often with unclear whether it is effectively recycled or ultimately becomes waste”.

Strawberries in February!!!!!

Strawberries in February ?!!

Did You know ?

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Strawberries imported in Switzerland in 2020

Sandra Imsand from the FRC Fédération Romande des Consommateurs has produced a very extensive document with her conclusions of a study about why and how the principle Swiss food retailers bring strawberries to the consumer and make us believe that it is the consumer who wants this on the shelves.

Why are we seeing Strawberries
in the shops in February?!

Import duty taxes are ONLY high when Swiss strawberries are availble

Import Duty tax is low when it is not the season, that is why foreign strawberries arrive out of local season to be able to benefit from low duty.

Spain has the cheapest strawberry

The cheapest strawberry in Europe comes from Spain, which is due to the exploitaton of cheap labour.

Cheap labour in Spain due to humain exploitation of migrants.

Many migrants, who have fled war and famine in Africa and the Middle East have ended up working in Spain for fruit producers. There has been some very disturbing articles of human misery and exploitation of these people.

Full study and article published by Sandra Imsand

Good For My Planet recommends you to look carefully at the country from where the Strawberries come from.

CHOOSE LOCAL, ONLY BUY IN JUNE, and from local producers !

Rancho La Fuente – Saving Horses

Rancho de la Fuente - Saving horses

Good For My Planet is raising funds to help provide food and shelter for the horses at the Rancho for an entire year.

Request for CHF 2000 a month to feed the 30 horses.

The Rancho currently needs CHF 2000 a month to be able to feed and care for all 30 horses. These costs include clean hay, veterinary care and stable equipment, etc.
Since the start of the pandemic, Rancho de la Fuente has been unable to generate revenue and must rely entirely on donations.

Swiss francs raised to date

Why is this a project supported by Good For My Planet ?

Our founder (Helen) is from the region of Murcia in Spain and she has been going to the Rancho since she was a child. Her family has been brought up there and she has donated her time and energy to manage the Rancho’s  Facebook page for the past 7 years.

When the Covid19 pandemic hit, Nicole (the owner) and her twin daughters Lily and Natali, who manage the Rancho, soon realised that they would have  problems to feed and care for the horses, as all income dried up due to lockdown and quarantine restrictions.

It seemed like a logical project for Good For My  Planet to raise funds for food and shelter for the horses.  Just imagine if there was no one to save abandoned horses, many would die, tied to a post in a field under the Spanish sun. The Rancho de la Fuente does its part to give these horses a dignified retirement, with food and a place to stay, loved and cared for till the end of their days. Sadly there is no government aid and the Rancho depended on income from its services and activities, all of which have been stopped by the Covid19 pandemic.   

Thank you for your support!

Covid 19

Due to the restrictions in Spain by the Spanish Gouvernment, Rancho de La Fuente has no means to create revenu, and does not comply for any help.

30 Horses

The Rancho de la Fuente is currently home to nearly 30 horses which are fed and cared for, stables that are cleaned and refreshed daily.

Nicole and her twin daughters

The Rancho de la Fuente is owned and managed by Nicole (widow) and her twin daughters Natali and Lily.

Check out the website

The website was developed by volunteers and with thanks to funds from Good For My Planet. It is currently only in Spanish.

This horse, Cabanon, was rescued by Rancho de la Fuente in 2014. It is hard to believe that this is the same horse!  He is  beautifully fit horse and living  happily in Spain.

Aquaverde – Plant a tree

Aquaverde Forestry project
Save the Amazon forest - plant a tree

Plant a tree through Good For My Planet​

Good For My Planet supports the Aquaverde Forestry project, a Swiss association, with the replanting of trees in the Amazonian forest of Brazil.
Aquaverde works with local tribes and local associations led by the charismatic leader Almir Naragomoya. The project involves , hundreds of small villages, and provides them with training and tools to diversify their sources of income while they plant and protect their Amazon forest.

Aquaverde Forestery Project

The goal of the Aquaverde Forestry project is to help the Surui people with the reforestation of their lands by planting 1 million trees in the next 5 years.

The Surui people are committed to protecting their natural habitat and culture.  Some 17’000 hectares of their lands have already been destroyed through deforestation.  Since 2005, the Surui people have been fighting back by planting over 250’000 trees, with the support of the Aquaverde Forestry project.

The long-term benefits of the project are:

Support the Surui people economically as they sustainably harvest and extract products from the replanted and preserved trees.

Regenerate species of trees that have been depleted by timber exploitation in order to promote biodiversity and the biological balance of the forest.

Ensure the transmission of traditional knowledge of plants and the importance of maintaining the forest, to the younger generation.

Encourage the Surui community to work together to adhere to its economically viable, environmentally sustainable and culturally acceptable alternative to deforestation and other destructive practices.

Serve as a model for other indigenous peoples in the Amazon and elsewhere.

Raise awareness among neighbouring non-indigenous communities about the need and long-term benefits of regenerating deforested areas.

Corporations and Institutions

You many sponsor a program of reforestation for your company or offer tree certificates as a gift to your clients.
Do not hesitate to reach out and call for more information. We are happy to set up a specific program for your company or organisation.

Each tree you sponsor starts as a seedling, cultivated in a village nursery and then planted and cared for during a period of 3 years by the Surui people.

When you sponsor a tree (or several), you will receive a numbered A4 certificate in the name of the person of your choice, yourself or someone else.  The certificate is available in a PDF file. 

Please pay online, indicating the number of trees you are sponsoring, we will then confirm by email the names that you wish to have put on the certificats.

We Thank you kindly for your support.

Photos copyright of Aquaverde and Thomas Pizer

Plan Trees

CHF 18.00


The February Forest Challenge

The February Forest Project

Good For My Planet is using the free version of Whereby for all visio calls. Its free, and in February trees are being planted for every 3 meetings held on the platform. So why not try and see! All little actions contribute to the good of the planet.

Whereby has partnered with Brynk to plant the trees on their behalf. Brynk work with the Eden Reforestation Project who’ll coordinate the planting with members of local communities in Boanamary in northwest Madagascar, Kitiligini in Kenya and Mahubo in Mozambique .

Whereby is pledging to plant up to 1,000,000 trees — one for every three meetings that happens on Whereby during February — contributing to essential reforestation efforts in these biodiverse countries.

Whereby is free to use, so even if you usually make video calls with other software, why not try using Whereby for those times when a spontaneous one-to-one or quick catch up session is on the cards? That way, you get to say what needs to be said, and do some good for the planet, too.

Throughout the month, you’ll be able to see how many trees you’re helping to plant through an in-room tracker and you can check in on your overall tree count with the post-meeting screen. Want to see how everyone’s getting on collectively? The total number of trees-to-be-planted will be available on whereby.com.

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