ecording is a social enterprise that develops sustainable and innovative environmental technologies against the global climate crisis.
Due to the increasing effects of the climate crisis, forest ecosystems’ importance has grown even more due to their crucial role in carbon sequestration, reducing biodiversity loss, and preventing temperature rise on the planet. With the technologies it develops in line with these results, ecording offers solutions where individuals and organizations can positively and directly fight the climate crisis and aim for a more livable world.
ecording is a social enterprise. It means that it has a mission of solving a social or environmental problem, has profit goals, and uses that profit to produce benefits to the world. ecording has a commercial status of “limited company.”
ecording continues to work on unmanned aerial vehicles and software technologies it has developed. ecoDrone is an unmanned aerial vehicle developed by our team and used in afforestation works with direct planting method. ecordingApp is a mobile application that earns awards from contracted brands with the points obtained by completing the tasks given for the benefit of the world and the environment.
Our short-term goal is to continue our efforts to reforestation the world by integrating with companies and institutions from every sector by increasing our cooperation with our work. As ecording, we aim to reduce Turkey’s carbon footprint and the world and become one of the leading institutions about the environmental awareness and environmental technologies with our target to shoot 1 billion seed balls by 2030. In addition to this, we aim to develop this process, started in Turkey, worldwide with our office we opened in the Netherlands in February 2021.
ecoDrone is an unmanned aerial vehicle developed by ecording. ecoDrone delivers airborne seed ball shoots in hard-to-reach areas that need to be afforested.
Seed balls to improve and accelerate the germination possibilities of seeds; it is a result of covering the seeds with a specially prepared mixture with clay, powder fertilizer, various minerals, and forest soil taken from the natural germination area of the species to be studied and turning them into marble-sized balls.
Thanks to the seeds’ covering, they are protected from conditions such as cold, extreme heat, wind, and forest creatures eating the seeds at minimum cost. Besides, it creates a suitable environment for the seed to germinate in terms of temperature and humidity, regardless of the external environmental conditions. In the studies published by the General Directorate of Forestry, it has been experimentally determined that bird damages have a high rate of negative effects of 42% against the larch species’ germination.
People living in rural areas are one of the groups experiencing income inequality due to the climate crisis. This segment, whose livelihoods are mostly agriculture and animal husbandry, is also faced with income inequality as they are directly affected by the global climate crisis. Women living in areas close to our operation sites and exposed to income inequality due to the climate crisis are trained on materials specially developed by ecording for the production of seed balls, and the production of seed balls is carried out with these women. Then, with the purchase of the seed balls produced from those women, planting operations are carried out in the fields determined by the General Directorate of Forestry. In this way, ecording contributes to the additional income of women affected by the global climate crisis and fights directly with women against the climate crisis.
As a result of the R&D studies initiated in approximately 2018 and carried out with the support of the General Directorate of Forestry, Central Anatolia Forestry Research Institute, and Artvin Coruh University, germination at an average of 36% is observed for six different seed species that have been shot in 5 different fields so far. The said germination rates vary according to factors such as the working area, the type of seed used, and the sowing time, and it is between a minimum of 9% and a maximum of 62%. Studies are continuing to increase productivity day by day through R&D.
The General Directorate of Forestry assigns operation areas to fit for planting with the purpose of R&D. All afforestation areas in Turkey are supervised and assessed for suitability by the General Directorate of Forestry. There's an evaluated and a minimum success value for every site. You can reach all species and areas used in R&D processes by ecording here.
The General Directorate of Forestry determines the efficiency targets of the areas requiring afforestation. Afterward, controls are carried out by OGM in periods between 6 months and a year. Both OGM and our team make observations, and the data are updated. In case of need, additional shots are carried out on the area with an ecoDrone.
ecording generates income from corporate service sales as a result of collaborations with brands.
Every purchased product and service turns into a seed ball in nature. For example, when you see an ecoDrone icon on a product you purchased, you realize that a seed ball will be shot with the ecoDrone for that product sale. In addition, by scanning the QR code placed on the products, you can access detailed information such as when, where, and what type of seed ball will be shot, and you can view the most up-to-date photos from the field. In the long term, we work to ensure that individuals and brands see and be aware of their impact on nature with this business model.
ecordingApp is a mobile application where you can earn awards with the ecoPoints you make when you prove that you fulfill the tasks assigned to the world’s benefit. The mentioned mobile application will be live in the second quarter of 2021.
#1follower1tree is a corporate social responsibility project and includes a social media campaign conducted by ecording for two years. Within this project’s scope, ecoDrone drops a seed ball on behalf of each follower who follows ecording's social media accounts during each operation period. Besides, these operations are regularly shared through ecording's social media accounts, adhering to the ecording transparency principles. Within the scope of the project, ecoDrone dropped more than 70,000 seed balls so far.