The theme of this year’s Earth Day was “Investing in the Planet” and companies like Bolt are doing just that in the countries they operate in.
Bolt’s Head of Sustainability, Natalia Gutiérrez, said: “Bolt is built on a culture of operating in the most efficient way possible and we apply those values in how we mitigate our own environmental impact. We have handpicked a select number of projects where we collaborate closely with NGOs and other partners on local initiatives that we are confident will maximize the positive impact we can have on the environment.
Last week, Kenya’s Bolt team and Seedballs Kenya launched a project to distribute 25 tonnes of indigenous seeds (an equivalent of 11.25 million trees) to sullied lands across Kenya, where natural reforestation is unlikely to occur or is impossible.
The planting started off at Oloo Lua Nature trail in Kajiado County; where we got to disburse the charcoal dust-covered seed balls alongside the Nairobi-Naivasha SGR line.
Seedballs Kenya is a joint collaboration between Chardust Ltd and Cookswell Jikos. Together they have researched and developed Seedballs that assist in the sustainable use of charcoal by reusing its waste. Seedballs are more likely to grow in nature without being bitten by rodents or blown away by wind or washed away by water.
“In Kenya, like many other countries, the forests and grasslands are under great pressure. One of the many challenges of landscape-scale restoration is that indigenous seeds are often food for different types of animals like mice and birds. That’s where we come in. The Seedballs program overcomes this challenge by coating native seeds in waste charcoal dust which prevents the seeds from being eaten. This means that the native grass and tree seeds can be planted year-round rather than waiting for the rainy season. When it rains enough, the charcoal dust dissolves and the seed sinks into the ground back to its natural state, ready to grow.” Teddy Kinyanjui, Co-Founder of Seedballs Kenya
The “SeedBolt” initiative is supported by other NGOs that work with the Seedballs team to distribute and disperse the seed balls. They include; South Eastern Kitui University, Kibwezi Well Wishers, Save The Giraffes Now, Kijabe Forest Trust, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kampour Travel Foundation, Mother Earth Network, Eden Project, and Big Life Foundation.
Since 2019, Bolt has been supporting projects that help reduce their environmental impact as a company through the purchasing of carbon credits. “We’ve made Bolt scooters climate-positive, launched e-bikes across Europe, and actively promoted a car-free lifestyle. To date, we’ve neutralized the environmental footprint of over 4.5 billion kilometres of Bolt rides.”
For Earth Day; the company pledged to plant a tree for each ride passengers take.
Want to know more about Seedballs check them out https://www.seedballskenya.com/about-1 .