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Saved from the circus! Heart-warming footage shows ‘real life Paddington Bear’ return home to the forest

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Cholita the ‘real life Paddington bear’ who won the world’s hearts with the story of her terrible abuse in the circus has been successfully returned to her native forest home. A new video tells the story of how the mutilated, hairless bear was saved from her sad life by Animal Defenders International. The organisation has now launched an urgent appeal to save two more bears in need who could give Cholita the companionship of her own kind for the first time in her life.

The video tells Cholita’s heart-warming story from the time Animal Defenders International recovered the abused bear. Her life transforms as she receives specialist care, a proper diet and is relocated back to the jungle by truck and boat.

Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer said “It is an absolute joy to see Cholita explore and enjoy her new home, and the sights and sounds of the forest from which she was stolen as a baby. Many have been moved to tears by Cholita’s mutilated paws and hairless body – a cruel reminder of her abusive past in the circus. We thank everyone who donated to help us save Cholita – we hope people will now dig deep to rescue two more spectacled bears who are in urgent need of our help.”

Spectacled bear Cholita was snatched from the wild as a baby and spent years in the circus confined to a tiny cage. Her fingers were cut off and her teeth broken, leaving her completely defenceless. Her sad and stressful life caused her hair to fall out, and where she should have thick, black fur she has none. Cholita was confiscated from the circus by authorities but no permanent home could be found for her, so she stayed in a zoo for ten years.

Animal Defenders International heard of Cholita’s plight and vowed to save her. The organisation brought her back to its Operation Spirit of Freedom rescue centre and nursed her back to better health, helping her painful feet and breathing troubles, while building her a forever home in her native habitat. In their care, Cholita has benefited from round the clock care, a natural diet, veterinary treatment, a therapeutic pool and hanging fruits and toys to entertain her.

Thanks to overwhelming support from members of the public, Cholita was built a new home complete with a bathing pool and cave at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in the Amazon cloud forest – the lush, natural habitat of spectacled bears.

A truck was fitted out with deep straw, warm blankets and an oxygen tent to keep Cholita comfortable on the three day journey across Peru. The lucky bear arrived back in the jungle by boat with several other rescued animals including a puma, macaw and some monkeys.

Animal Defenders International has now launched an urgent appeal to save two more spectacled bears. Lucho and Sabina are victims of the circus and illegal wildlife trade, living in appalling conditions and in need of urgent help. They would be ideal companions for Cholita who has not seen her own kind since she was torn from her mother as a baby.

It will cost over £10,000 to save Lucho and Sabina and get them back to the forest in a home like Cholita’s. Their lifelong care and veterinary needs will cost £3,000 per month. Please help Animal Defenders International ensure Cholita’s comfort and allow her, Lucho and Sabina to live happily ever after: www.ad-international.org/HelpTheBears or 020 7630 3340.

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4 Common Items That Can be Reused Again and Again

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As a society we are getting much better at taking our obligations to the world and environment around us more seriously. This is undoubtedly a good thing! The effects of climate change are beginning to manifest across the world, and this is turning the issue from an abstract threat into a very real danger. Trying to introduce some greener, more eco-friendly practices into your life isn’t just a great way of doing something beneficial for society and the world around you. It is a wonderful way of engaging positively with the world and carries with it numerous psychological benefits.

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Being a greener, more ecologically friendly person doesn’t require any dramatic life changes. Breaking or making a few small habits is all it takes to make your life a greener one. In this article we look at one of the easiest, yet most effective green practices to get into: reusing everyday items.

Jars and Containers

Glass and metal are widely recycled, and recycling is a good thing! However, consider whether any containers you buy, whether it’s a tub of ice cream or a jar of coffee, can be washed out and reused for something else. Mason jars, for example, can be used to store homemade pasta sauce and can be washed for future use. Once you start thinking about it, you will find endless opportunities to reuse your old containers.

Soda Bottles

An ice-cold soda is a wonderful treat on a hot day, but buying soda can get expensive, and the manufacturing and distribution of the drinks themselves isn’t great for the environment. However, by holding on to your old soda bottles and repurposing them as water bottles, you can save money on drinks, or use them to measure out water for your garden.

Plastic Bags

Most of the time groceries come in paper bags, which are better for the environment than the plastic alternatives, but they are less durable and thus harder to reuse. Whenever the store places your items in a plastic bag, hang onto it so you can reuse the bags again. If you want to take it one step further, consider looking into buying some personalized recycled bags. These bags are designed to last for a long time and are made of recycled materials. They look striking and unique, they’ll turn heads, and maybe even attitudes!

Seeds

If you’re a keen gardener, then you will already probably know how to reseed your plants in order to ensure a fresh crop after each plant’s lifecycle. If you have space in your garden, or haven’t yet tried your hand at gardening, then consider planting a small vegetable plot. Growing your own veggies means that you’ll be helping to cut back on the emissions generated by their transport and production. The best part about growing your own food in this way is that, by harvesting properly and saving the seeds, you can be set up with fresh vegetables for life!

Reusing and recycling common household items is an easy way to make your world a little bit greener. Once you start looking for these opportunities you’ll realize that they’re everywhere!

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These 5 Green Office Mistakes Are Costing You Money

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The sudden interest in green business is very encouraging. According to recent reports, 42% of all companies have rated sustainability as an important element of their business. Unfortunately, the focus on sustainability will only last if companies can find ways to use it to boost their ROI.

Many businesses get so caught up in being socially conscious that they hope the financial aspect of it takes care of itself. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to go green and boost your net income at the same time.

Here are some important mistakes that you will want to avoid.

Only implementing sustainability on micro-scale

The biggest reason that brands are going green is to improve their optics with their customers. Too many businesses are making very minor changes, such as processing paperwork online and calling themselves green.

Customers have become wary of these types of companies. If you want to earn their business, you are going to need to go all the way. Bring in a green business consultant and make every feasible change to demonstrate that you are a green organization from top to bottom.

Not prioritizing investments by long-term ROI

It isn’t realistic to build an entirely green organization overnight. You will need to allocate your capital wisely.

Before investing in any green assets or services, you should always conduct a long-term cost benefit analysis. The initial investment for some green services may be over $20,000. If they don’t shave your cost by at least $3,000 a year, they probably aren’t worth the investment.

Determine which green investments will have the best pay off over the next 10 years. Make these investments before anything else. Then compare your options within each of those categories.

Implementing green changes without a plan

Effective, long-term planning is the key to business success. This principle needs to be applied to green organizations as well.

Before implementing a green strategy, you must answer the following questions:

  • How will I communicate my green business philosophy to my customers?
  • How will running a green business affect my revenue stream?
  • How will adopting green business strategies change my monthly expenses? Will they increase or decrease them?
  • How will my company finance green upgrades and other investments?

The biggest mistake that too many green businesses make is being overly optimistic with these forecasts. Take the time to collect objective data and make your decisions accordingly. This will help you run a much more profitable green business.

Not considering the benefits of green printing

Too many companies believe that going paperless is the only way to run a green organization. Unfortunately, going 100% paperless it’s not feasible for most companies.

Rather than aim for an unrealistic goal, consider the option of using a more environmentally friendly printer. It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than the alternative.

According to experts from Doranix, environmental printers have several benefits:

  • They can process paper that has been completely recycled.
  • They consume less energy than traditional printers.
  • They use ink that is more environmentally friendly.

You want to take a look at different green printers and compare them. You’ll find that some will meet your needs as a green business.

Poorly communicating your green business strategy to customers

Brand positioning doesn’t happen on its own. If you want to run a successful green business, you must communicate your message to customers as clearly as possible. You must also avoid the appearance that you are patronizing them.

The best approach is to be clear when you were first making the change. I’ll make an announcement about your company‘s commitment to sustainability.

You also want to reinforce this message overtime by using green labels on all of your products. You don’t have to be blatant with your messaging at this stage. Simply provide a small, daily reminder on your products and invoices.

Finally, it is a good idea to participate in green business seminars and other events. If your community has a local Green Chamber of Commerce, you should consider joining as well.

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