Is the year-end holiday season behind you? No more crazy shopping for gifts, no more hearty meals… until next year! As this period is behind us, let’s now take the time to ask ourselves what a celebration such as Christmas represents in terms of impact on biodiversity. And most importantly, what can we do to reduce our footprint during the holidays, whatever they may be?Read more
What can businesses do?
Biodiversity, which is essential to all business activities, is highly endangered everywhere on earth. Offering citizens-consumers sustainable and biodiversity-friendly goods and services is becoming an issue of the utmost importance for businesses.
Practically, what can I do for my business?
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How can we act?
Biodiversity-friendly processes – that's possible!
Businesses rely directly or indirectly on natural resources and are thus unavoidable actors in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It is essential for them to act by taking the conservation of biodiversity into account in all their processes.
To offer a good or a service, all businesses need to buy raw materials, final products or other services.
The effects of business facilities on biodiversity depends on certain construction options and the building materials used.
High pressures on biodiversity can be avoided by applying specific manufacturing methods.
It's important for businesses to lay out and manage their grounds in coherence with local biodiversity.
Facts on industry and biodiversity
litres of water are needed for producing one cotton T-shirt, which is equivalent to what a person drinks in two and a half years.
of Belgium's biodiversity footprint is linked to its imports and situated outside the country.
of the pharmaceutical molecules contain at least 1 active ingredient of biological origin.
The sales have arrived! The shelves are packed with bargains and everyone wants a new outfit. But what about the impact of fast fashion on biodiversity? Here we explained how textile production presents a threat to a large number of species. The good news is that you can remain fashionable without causing them too much harm.Read more
The sales are back and are a wonderful opportunity to bag a bargain whilst pondering our consumption practices. A lot is said about food waste, but textile waste is a worrying reality for biodiversity.Read more
We like taking care of ourselves. Every day, we use care products such as soap, shower gels, antiperspirants, make-up removers, shampoos, moisturizing creams, toothpaste and perfume. Altogether, each Belgian uses an average of 18 grams of cosmetic products per day. But what we think is good for us is not necessarily good for biodiversity.Read more
Shrimp, scampi or prawns have long been rare, refined and expensive. But nowadays, their consumption has skyrocketed; in the world, it is estimated that by 2023, about 6 million tons of shrimp per year will be consumed! In the last 20 years, the production has been multiplied by 9. A boom that severely damages biodiversity.Read more
In three years, 550 volunteer experts from 100 countries have compiled 10,000 scientific publications, supplemented by statistical data and an inventory of local traditional knowledge. The aim of this huge work coordinated by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was to provide global decision-makers with five reports on the state of global biodiversity.Read more