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BANANA PAPER x all 17 Goals

One Planet Paper®︎ connects to all Global Goals. The world is aiming for Sustainable Development with a set of 17 goals challenging issues like poverty, environment, inequality, and the economy. Here we give some examples of how the banana paper project and One Planet Paper®︎ connects to all 17 Goals and some of the 169 Targets:

All 17 Global Goals in photos  ↓ SDGs Goal 1: No Poverty x Banana Paper ・We create jobs for Africa’s poorest people and support the livelihoods of more than 1,000 people directly or indirectly through fair trade activities. ★ Photo: Florence and Beatrice holding a package of banana paper Target 1.1 “End extreme poverty” | Target 1.4 “Equal rights to ownership, basic services, technology and economic resources” SDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger x Banana Paper ・Nutritious breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge, and various fruits are grown on the factory premises. * Everyone can ★ eat organic vegetables and fruits at any time. Photo: Beetrice and Prince holding bananas grown on site Target 2.1 “Universal Access to Safe and Nutritious Food” | Target 2.3 “Double the productivity and income of small-scale food producers”→ Use of fiber in stems that are usually thrown away = for banana farmers both fruit and agro-waste can now be sold. |  Target 2.4 “Sustainable Food Production Systems and Resilient Agriculture Practices” → Our criteria: Cooperation with organic banana farmers (only). SDG Goal 3: Good Health and well-being x Banana Paper ・We provide support and education related to hygiene and health, zero chemicals in the production process, and provide emergency transportation. ★ Photo: Susan and her newborn baby. Target 3.2 “Eliminate all preventable deaths among children under five” | Target 3.8 “Realization of health and medical services for all” SDGs Goal 4: Quality Education x Banana Paper・We encourage parents to support children to attend school, and provide education to the parents towards SDGs to adults. * 200+ children were able to attend school, and several has continued to university (very rare in rural Africa) ★ Photo: Some of the children of our Team Members who now can attend school, thanks to banana paper Target 4.1 “Free primary and secondary education” | Target 4.3 “Equal access to affordable, quality technical, vocational and higher education” | Target 4.7 “Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship” SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality x Banana Paper ・Half of the team leaders both in Zambia and Japan are women. Around 40% of team members in Japan and Zambia are women, and everyone has an equal voice. ★ Photo: Gender balanced team leaders come up with ideas to solve problems. Target 5.1 “End discrimination against women and girls” | Target 5.5 “Ensuring full participation in leadership and decision-making” SDG Goal 6: Clean Water and sanitation x Banana Paper ・Free and clean water on the factory grounds is shared to the nearby villagers twice a day (morning/evening). * The safety of the water in the factory was originally checked by the University of Zambia. ★ Photos: Women from surrounding villages coming to get water Target 6.1 “Safe and affordable drinking water” | Target 6.3 “Improvement of water quality and wastewater treatment and safe reuse” SDG Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy x Banana Paper ・We have provided solar panels and solar lamps to team members and even a village clinic. Our office in Zambia use direct solar electricity. ★ Photo: Solar lamps at Team Leader Prince’s home Target 7.1 “Universal Access to Modern Energy” | Target 7.2 “Increase the share of renewable energy in the world” SDGs Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth x Banana Paper ・We do not tolerate child labor, take pride in our fair trade work, and we have helped all our team members to open their private bank accounts. ★ Photo: Susan and Beatrice making handmade paper Target 8.4 “Improving Resource Efficiency in Consumption and Production” → Use of agricultural waste and waste paper. Use of resources to be recycled in one year. | Target 8.7 “Eradicate Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labor” | Target 8.10 “Universal Access to Banking, Insurance and Financial Services” → It is unusual for Africa’s poorest people to have bank accounts. Without a bank account, it is difficult to manage your savings and household budget, making it even more difficult to overcome poverty. SDG Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure x Banana Paper ・Banana Paper is a Green Economy and circular economy-based business, while also being an inclusive and sustainable paper industry innovation. ★ Photo: Organic banana farmers Nickson, Jonathan and director/coordinator Peo. Target 9.2 “Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization” → Leveraging the diversity and individuality of our team members, we explore new forms of the paper and pulp industry that are environmentally and socially responsible. | Target 9.4 “Improve all industries and infrastructure for sustainability” → Banana paper is Fairtrade certified. Factory in Zambia is a so called Green Factory, and the Factory we collaborate with in Japan is one of the first FSC Certified Washi-Paper Factories.  SDG Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities x Banana Paper ・People of various religions, tribes, and nationalities work together. ★ Photo: The first handmade banana paper made together with our Team Members. Target 10.1 “Reduce income inequality” | Target 10.2 “Promoting Social, Economic and Political Inclusiveness” | Target 10.3 “Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Abolishing Discrimination” |  Target 10.B “Promotion of Development Assistance and Investment in Least Developed Countries” SDG Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities x Banana Paper ・Provided bicycles to team members. We educate them on sustainable community building through the use of environmental building materials and bioclimatic design at the Green Factory, and the introduction of renewable energy and the practice of organic cultivation. ★ Photo: Bicycle with security team member Target 11.2 “Affordable and sustainable transportation systems” | Target 11.4 “Protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage” → Our work was a part of the report that lead to the designation of South Luangwa as the world’s first sustainable national park. |  Target 11.C “Support for the Development of Sustainable and Resilient Buildings in Least Developed Countries” SDG Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production x Banana Paper ・Banana Paper is Fair Trade verified. We are promoting initiatives to decouple environmental impact and economic growth. ★ Photo: Banana fiber sheets and Team Members Target 12.1 “Sustainable Management and Use of Natural Resources” → Paper and paper products of an environmental recycling system (circular economy).  |  Target 12.8 “Spreading the understanding of sustainable lifestyles” | Target 12.A “Supporting scientific and technical capacity for sustainable consumption and production in developing countries” SDG Goal 13: Climate Action x Banana Paper ・Increasing the climate handprint while reducing the climate footprint (shifting from below-ground CO2 to above-ground resources). Banana fields absorb CO2*, we protect forests and plant trees, and use renewable energy such as hydro electricity and direct solar power. *Banana fields absorb 16 to 80 tons of CO2 per hectare. ★ Photo: Banana Paper Factory Installs Solar Tree Target 13.1 “Strengthening resilience and adaptability to climate-related disasters” → Introducing various solutions for floods and strong winds. |  Target 13.3 “Develop knowledge and capacity to deal with climate change” → Implement education on renewable energy and precautionary principles. SDG Goal 14: Life below Water x Banana Paper ・Reducing the use of chemicals that lead to water pollution, the banana paper production in Zambia and the UK is organic, while the production in Japan at the washi paper factory is using less chemicals than conventional paper factory. ★ Photo: Team Members making the glue needed for banana paper fiber sheets (the glue is made from a local plant) Target 14.1 “Reduce marine pollution” SDG Goal 15: Life on Land × Banana Paper ・Protecting forests and preventing poaching of endangered species – such as elephants and lions – through employment. * Banana paper is made from banana fiber, recycled pulp, or environmentally labeled pulp only. ★ Photo: Leopard near the banana paper project (wild) Target 15.2 “Halting Deforestation and Remediating Degraded Forests” | Target 15.5 “Protection of biodiversity and natural habitats” | Target 15.7 “Eradicating poaching and illegal trade in protected species” SDG Goal 16: Peace, Justice and strong Institutions x Banana Paper ・Creating a democratic and inclusive workplace where people can freely express their opinions. And we avoid engaging in bribery. ★ Photo: The moment a rainbow appeared over the office of the Bana Napaper factory Target 16.1 “Reduce violence everywhere” → Have team meetings every day in the morning and evening. In order to avoid violent language, bullying, misunderstandings, etc., we promote the creation of a safe environment where everyone can freely share their worries and ideas. Target 16.5 “Significant reduction of corruption and bribery” SDG Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals x Banana Paper International partnership between Japan, Zambia, UK and Sweden. The One Planet Paper®︎ (banana paper) and related products are developed in collaboration with more than 30 printing companies, designers, paper product manufacturers, paper mills and environmental experts in developed countries, and people and farmers from local villages in Africa. The banana paper project has been financed partly by Japan Embassy in Lusaka, JICA and crowdfunding. ★ Photo: One Planet Paper® Association members in Japan and Banana Paper Team Members in Zambia Target 17.3 “Mobilizing Additional Financial Resources for Developing Countries” | Target 17.5 “Promoting Investment in Least Developed Countries” | Target 17.16 “Strengthening the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development” ■ Conclusion