Giving Back To Our Planet And Communities

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Smarter for the planet

At Smartload’s core we are focused on giving back to our planet and communities. We drive environmental sustainability by helping our clients reduce their waste creation, by offering an alternative to single-use packaging such as wood and cardboard. This has inspired us to start our tree planting project – SmartTrees. By planting trees we are not only reducing waste, but reversing the effect of unsustainable practices on the environment.

In addition to our own tree planting projects, as of 2023, Smartload has been working with Greenpop to further support tree planting initiatives.

Why tree planting?

Environmental benefits

Trees not only provide beauty, shade and a connection with nature, they’re also beneficial for so many reasons. They help fight climate change by absorbing harmful CO2 and removing it from the air, and storing it while releasing oxygen.

One tree can produce enough oxygen for four people, so they are our main survival tool, so lets look forward to giving back to our planet and communities. From purifying air, helping to cool the planet and boosting biodiversity to being flood and soil erosion preventers, trees are vital to Earth.

Forest Conservation

The enormous global demand for wood is greater than the supply. This imbalance is devastating forests, which play a vital role in stabilising the global climate.

Using plastic pallets instead of wooden pallets reduces the need to cut down forests, which is good for the environment – and for all of us.

More trees = happier children (and teachers!)

There is strong evidence to show that the amount of trees on a school property has an effect on academic performance and overall well being of the learners, their teachers and other school staff. More trees = happier children!

Planted trees create interest and children are taught about the importance of trees and the role they play in our natural environment. Encouraging environmental awareness in the youth is key to keeping the planet clean and protecting our future sustainability.

It’s important for children of all ages to have time outdoors in areas with trees and grass as it helps to lower stress and improve moods.

There are many schools in underprivileged areas near the Smartload HQ that need trees and we aim to help these schools with the SmartTrees initiative. The planting of trees will help to make these schools a more positive place for the children to learn, play, relax and grow.
LK Zeeman primary school in Paarl was selected as our first school and we have planted 10 trees so far. We are very excited about this initiative and we believe that with the support of our clients and partners we will be able to plant many more trees in the future.

If you are interested in partnering with Smartload or would like more information about the initiative, please contact us.

More trees = happier children (and teachers!)

There is strong evidence to show that the amount of trees on a school property has an effect on academic performance and overall well being of the learners, their teachers and other school staff. More trees = happier children!

Planted trees create interest and children are taught about the importance of trees and the role they play in our natural environment. Encouraging environmental awareness in the young is key to keeping the planet clean and protecting our future sustainability.

It’s important for children of all ages to have time outdoors in areas with trees and grass as it helps to lower stress and improve moods.

There are many schools in underprivileged areas near the Smartload HQ that need trees and we aim to help these schools with the SmartTrees initiative. The planting of trees will help to make these schools a more positive place for the children to learn, play, relax and grow.
LK Zeeman primary school in Paarl was selected as our first school and we have planted 10 trees so far. We are very excited about this initiative and we believe that with the support of our clients and partners we will be able to plant many more trees in the future.

If you are interested in partnering with Smartload or would like more information about the initiative, please contact us.

Moving people forward

At Smartload, we are all about innovation, practicality, and sustainability with our reusable plastic shipping solutions. Which is why we are equally passionate to back another smart solution like Qhubeka: a non-profit organisation that moves people forward with bicycles in Africa.

We are proud to back them with monthly donations, so they can continue their incredible work donating custom-built bikes to adults and children in need. This cuts down on their time travelling to work and school, as well as on transport costs. Children supplied with Qhubeka bikes attend school more often and improve their academic performance. This solution is also environmentally friendly and creates employment as the bikes are built and serviced locally This where giving back to our planet and communities begins.

It’s a healthier, easier, and more fun way of getting around, and a cause close to all our hearts at Smartload.

To find out more or donate, please visit www.qhubeka.org.

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