Pocket Protection Statistics
Specific per square metre statistics are hard to come by, although Senior Environmental Scientist, Jay Neale, is seeing if he can get me exact numbers on how much water run off will be effected, how flooding can be helped in urban areas & how many litres can expect to be filtered by the soil. As soon as I have that info I will update this page.
What Jay did tell me was that cities like London spend £1,000,000s on flood control and that wild pockets like Pocket Protection's would play a definite, free, natural and beneficial role in flood control without all of the bureaucracy. He told me, "Rewilding helps to protect the soil… Improving the soil through the plants and the careful conservation, creates much better water retention helping flood prevention."
I've also been lucky enough to speak to Professor Alastair Driver, who thinks that small mammals, insects and birds will use these spaces and he even brought up other benefits that I hadn’t considered, like the savings on carbon emissions by stopping the land from being mowed continuously and the lack of water pollution because we will be stopping any pesticides that may have been being used before. Each individual patch only has a tiny impact but if the numbers move into the 1000s then the combined impact is significant, along with all the other BENEFITS.
It looks like we will be trying to create a kind of cluster of pockets as quickly as possible within small areas for butterflies and other wildlife to move between effectively and from which to grow. So rather than purchasing 3 pockets miles from each other as standalones we will purchase 3 in close proximity to better help the local wildlife. This pattern will be copied across the U.K, generating 1000s of pockets within close proximity, breaking up our urban landscape and allowing life back in to thrive as quickly as possible with long term goals for the continued well being of any insects and wildlife that show up.
The focus is on ‘bio-stability’ rather than purely on ‘biodiversity’... So giving the species that show up a stronger base from which to thrive from a few pockets near each other rather than depending on one lone pocket of wilderness. It allows species to escape predators and other stuff that I am still very much learning about, creating a more balanced, natural environment for them.
It's looking most likely that the pockets will be a blend of Cornfield Annuals and Meadow Flower Perennials, providing help to 1000s of insects and pollinators - from Butterflies to Bumble Bees - which will also reinvigorate local food sources for the birds in the area and even wood mice, who enjoy a mix of seeds/insects.
Making Eco/Cruelty Free Products Available
I spoke to Cruelty Free International and they sent me their most up-to-date comprehensive figures on animal testing, from 2016. I was hoping to present figures that showed that if 100 perfumes still tested on animals were prevented, then X amount of animals could be saved from suffering but Caz at Cruelty Free International was great but said that it was impossible, "Unfortunately, we don’t really have any statistics that follow the format of the way you were hoping to present them as there are various tests for various products so it’s not very easy to calculate."
So I thought it best to present the figures she sent me to - if anything - highlight the importance of not adding to the suffering of these poor animals by needlessly buying unethical products, when so many natural, cruelty free options are now available... Please click HERE for a pop up.
With regards to Water Pollution and avoiding the daily use of chemicals on your skin and teeth...
If I sell 260 bottles of plant based, non toxic washing up liquid, kitchen cleaner, glass cleaner (and other products) every month then that's 130 litres a month switched from chemical to natural plant based cleaning products.
If one person buys one 500ml plant based washing up liquid from me a month and uses 10 litres of water per wash with 20ml of washing up liquid, that's 250 litres of water (per person per month) unpolluted by toxic washing up liquids, with none of those chemicals washing into our soil, rivers and oceans.
Every time I sell someone a sustainable bamboo razor, that on average keeps it sharpness for 3 months and then just needs a sustainable replacement blade, that's (on average) 9 plastic razors saved from landfill over 3 months, per person.
These are just a couple of tiny examples, but you can see for yourself the full RANGE of products that I carry and sell and will be able to imagine easily the huge difference between 100s of people buying bamboo toothbrushes and plant based glitter instead of the plastic alternatives.