Donation boost to eco charities

Peterborough insurer donates over £166,000 since the summer

Eco insurance provider ibuyeco has donated over £166,000 to eco causes following its pledge to support three environmental charities this summer.

Since June this year, ibuyeco has made a charitable donation of up to £5 for every new car or home insurance policy taken out or renewed. Customers were asked to choose whether ibuyeco’s donation would go to the Woodland Trust, Borneo Orangutan Survival or The Converging World.

Lucy Bailey, head of ibuyeco said, “We are very proud to support these three charities and it’s great to see how the donations we have made on behalf of our customers have made a difference. We look forward to continuing with our support for worthy causes and giving something back to the environment.”

In the last five months, the green insurance provider has generated nearly £80,000 for the Woodland Trust, helping the conservation charity to plant in excess of 15,000 trees in some of its 1,000 woodlands across the UK countryside, providing vital habitats to some of the country’s most endangered species, such as the dormouse and the red squirrel and bringing it closer to the long term goal of doubling the UK’s native woodland cover.

Sue Holden, Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust, said, “I would like to say a huge thank you to ibuyeco’s customers for choosing the Woodland Trust to donate to. We are only able to realise our vision with the support from companies like ibuyeco and its customers. The woodland which they have helped create will become a wonderful natural playground for generations of people to enjoy. Trees are also the lungs of our planet and enhance all our lives, so thanks again to ibuyeco for all of its support.”

In the same period, ibuyeco has raised over £50,000 for Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) UK. The amount of money will significantly help with the running of the organisation’s rehabilitation and release programme which has so far seen 46 rescued orangutans let back into the wild.

Grainne McEntee, Head of Operations, BOS UK, “The release programme is vital to the survival of the orangutans, so we are extremely grateful to have ibuyeco’s support. For every orangutan that we rescue and release, there are another two in need of our help, so the work of this project is ongoing.”

The Converging World is a UK-based charity whose objectives are to relieve poverty and distress in the developing world and to promote sustainable development. ibuyeco’s donation of over £37,000 will be invested directly into renewable energy projects to create long-term funding for vital health, education and environmental projects around the world that help break the poverty cycle.

Anita Beardsley of The Converging World, said, “ibuyeco’s donation has made a fantastic contribution towards our renewable energy project in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. We currently own two 1.5MW wind turbines that generate approximately 8 million kWh of renewable energy and avoid 7,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. But the good work doesn’t stop there, the profits we receive from selling the electricity and carbon credits is used to build more wind turbines, providing clean energy far into the future, and to support communities around the world to adapt to climate change. This would literally not be possible without the support we get from organisations like ibuyeco and their customers and we are extremely grateful.”

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