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October 2019

Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world

  • The North Western tip of Tasmania, on the Cape Grim Peninsula, has some of the cleanest air in the world.
  • In-fact, the air is so clean that the local region bottles and sells its air and water to regions that are heavily impacted by polluted air businessinsider.com
  • However, recent recordings at the Peninsula’s scientific station have reported readings of increased greenhouse gas emissions from as far away as China – a movement of air pollution which is threatening this baseline air quality.
  • Air pollution is defined as "…the introduction into the atmosphere of chemicals, particles, or biological materials that cause damage to…living organisms" conserve-energy-future.com
  • It is estimated that by 2050, 6 million people will die each year as a result of air pollution.
  • Increased human consumption and manufacturing needs have contributed to a rise in air pollution – with levels higher than they have been for hundreds of thousands of years due to the amount of CO2 pumped into the atmosphere over the past 150 years nationalgeographic.com
  • Switching to a lifestyle of recycling and re-using products will play a significant part in reducing the need for manufactured goods, resulting in less pollutants being released into the air.

August 2019

Deforestation accounts for the loss of 27 soccer fields every minute

  • Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests across the world to make the land available for other uses.
  • Forests still cover roughly 30% of the world’s land area, but between 1990 and 2016, over 1.3 million square kms of forest were lost (National Geographic).
  • Based on projected tree densities, it is estimated that over 15 billion trees are cut down each year, and the global number of trees have fallen by approximately 46% since the start of human civilization (Mapping tree density).
  • As the world seeks to slow down the alarming pace of climate change, the level of mass destruction of trees continues to sacrifice the long-term benefits of retaining our forests for short term economical gains.
  • Despite needing trees for the primary reason of absorbing the carbon dioxide humans exhale, logging and felling operations continue.
  • Current hardwood supplies are rapidly reducing; there is a need to replace hardwood materials with recycled composite alternatives.

20,000 plastic bottles are used around the world every single second!

  • “Plastic pollution” is quite simply defined as plastic ending up where it shouldn’t be – on the beach, in the ocean, and in the intestines of marine creatures.
  • Current research shows that more than 8 million pieces of plastic enter the oceans every single day; it is estimated that by 2050, plastic levels will outweigh all fish in the ocean (larq.com.au)
  • A single plastic bottle can last for 450 years in a marine environment. The bottle will degrade and fragment over time into smaller pieces but will remain in our environment at a microscopic level.  As such, every piece of plastic that has ever been produced is still with us on planet earth.
  • The current level of plastic pollution is so bad that scientists have recently discovered microplastics embedded deep in the Arctic ice (surfersagainstsewage.org.uk)
  • COEN’s decking, screening, fencing and cladding are all made up of 30% recycled plastic goods and will outlast your standard timber product – saving you time and money.
  • At COEN, we believe that no change is too small or too late. Our products are made from 88% recycled materials.