People and records! Ugh! People are so obsessed with world records that they try to make them in any possible thing. But some are so good; all humans should be thanking record makers for probably saving thousands of lives or legitimating sustainability for hundreds of years.

Every day, nature works wonders for us, from providing breathtaking views and preventing floods to managing the weather and ensuring that we have clean water, healthy air, and plenty of food. 

As we’re losing natural resources quality at a rate we’ve never seen before, immediate action is required to overcome the environmental catastrophe.

While it may be challenging for one person’s actions alone may make a difference, Guinness World Records have seen the immense impact individuals can have when they are determined for environmental welfare.

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1. Most trees planted at once

New Record for most tree planted in an hour
New Record for most tree planted in an hour | Image Credit – The Resolute Blog
Date September 26, 2014
Location Philippines
Record as Most trees planted simultaneously (Multiple locations)
Record by TreeVolution

Without trees, it becomes hard to sustain life on Earth; they provide oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil, and give us tools and shelter materials.

On September 26, 2014, 122,168 people participated in an event organized by TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW (Philippines) in 29 places across the Philippines, planting 2,294,629 trees simultaneously at several locations. 

Rubber, cocoa, coffee, lumber, and mahogany trees, as well as a variety of fruit trees and other native Philippine species, were planted in this world-record-breaking event.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) and its North American partners achieved a new world record by planting 202,935 trees in one hour in multiple locations, setting a new world record.

SFI worked in locations ranging from New York City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with 29 teams of 25 to 100 people to plant trees.

2. Largest solar-powered boat

Tûranor PlanetSolar - The World’s Largest Solar Powered Ship
Tûranor PlanetSolar – The World’s Largest Solar Powered Ship | Image Credit – Wonderful Engineering
Date 04 May 2012
Location Switzerland
Record as Largest solar-powered boat
Record by Ms. Turanor

The global energy crisis is a popular topic these days, and scientists are devising new ways to meet the world’s electricity needs. 

Tûranor PlanetSolar, also known as PlanetSolar and founded by Swiss explorer Raphael Domjan, is the world’s largest solar-powered boat and was launched on March 31, 2010.

Tûranor PlanetSolar, shown at the top of the heading, is 31 meters (101 feet) long — or 35 meters (114 feet) with the flaps extended. 

It has a 15-meter (49-foot) beam – 23-meter (75-foot) with flaps – and a displacement of 85 tons (93 tons). 

Solar panels cover 537 m2 (5,780 ft2) of the catamaran’s upper deck, allowing the vessel to run entirely on solar energy.

3. Most bottles recycled by a dog

Most bottles recycled by a dog | Image Credit – Global Citizens
Record asMost bottles recycled by a dog
Record byA dog named Tubby

Recycling helps to reduce the quantity of trash deposited into hazardous waste, resulting in less waste taking up space. 

The 2011 Guinness World Records book includes a Labrador who picks up discarded plastic bottles in his jaws and destroys them.

Tubby has helped Sandra Gilmore of Pontnewydd, Torfaen, recycle an estimated 26,000 plastic bottles over the last six years by gathering them on his daily walks, crushing them, and bringing them onto his owner.

4. Largest tree hug

2,000 Nepalese tree-huggers claim world record
2,000 Nepalese tree-huggers claim world record | Image Credit – Luxembourg Times
Date March 21, 2017
Record asLargest tree hug
Record byAsianet News Network 

On March 21, 2017, an astonishing 4,620 people demonstrated their sensitive side by simultaneously snuggling trees at JNTBGRI in Thiruvananthapuram, India, in an event organized by Asianet News Network Pvt. Ltd. (India).

The effort took place on the United Nations’ International Day of Forests,’ intending to raise awareness about the value of trees and forests. ‘My Tree, My Life’ was the theme of the event.

5. Oldest alternative fuel

Oldest fuel alternative
Oldest fuel alternative | Image Credit – Which
Date 1500 AD
Location Europe
Record as Alternative fuel
Record byEuropeans

Around 1500 AD, deforestation caused by the abuse of wood for burning began to cause general shortages throughout medieval Europe. 

And it was around this time Europeans began to use coal instead of wood as a fuel source, marking the first time in human history that humankind used an alternative fuel due to a lack of traditional measures.

6. Most steel cans collected in one month

Date 1-31 October 2010
Location South Africa
Record asGather steel  cans
Record by Collect-a-Can

Between 1-31 October 2010, Collect-a-Can (South Africa) in South Africa gathered 2,656,284 steel cans, weighing 82,929 kg (182,827 lb 2 oz).

Collect-a-Can tried this record for the first time in 2007 and has since broken it twice. 

For October, schools around the country held collections to encourage recycling in South Africa.

7. Most trees sowed in an hour by a group of people

Most trees sowed in an hour
Most trees sowed in an hour | Image Credit – Host
Date 02 June 2015
Location Bhutan
Record asMost trees sowed in an hour
Record by Bhutan Eco-Green Initiative Network

Bhutan has broken the world record for tree planting by planting 49,672 trees in one hour.

By nearly 10,000 trees, they broke the previous record. It was established three years ago by an Indian team. 

Bhutan’s planters gathered in the capital, Thimphu, to celebrate their achievement, which Guinness World Records validated. 

The Himalayan kingdom’s administration places a strong focus on environmental protection. Many Bhutanese on social media channels applauded the tree record.

8. Greenest City

Masdar City | Image Credit – UBM Magazine
Record as Greenest City
Record by British architectural firm

Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was developed by Foster & Partners, a British architectural firm, to be the world’s first low-carbon and low-waste city. 

The primary source of its energy comes from renewable sources and recycles the bulk of its garbage. 

The community prefers electric, hybrid, and self-driving underground vehicles, so the estimated 50,000 residents should have a low carbon imprint.

9. Largest sculpture of plastic bags

Largest sculpture of plastic bags
Largest sculpture of plastic bags | Image Credit – NDTV
Date April 20th and 21st, 2012
Location Singapore
Record as Largest sculpture of plastic bags
Record by Ci Yuan Community Center Youth Executive Committee

Sixty-eight thousand plastic bags in the shape of an octopus make up the world’s largest sculpture made of plastic bags. 

During the National Youth EnvirOlympics Challenge in Singapore on April 20th and 21st, 2012, over 200 students helped build a sculpture for the Ci Yuan Community Center Youth Executive Committee (Singapore).

10. A wind farm with the highest capacity

A wind farm with the highest capacity
A wind farm with the highest capacity | Image Credit – Commons Wikipedia
Location China
Record asHighest capacity Wind Farm
Record by Jiuquan Wind Power Base
ImpactPromote wind energy 

Jiuquan Wind Power Base in Gansu province, China has an installed capacity of 5.36 gigawatt in operation by 2012.

They have an intention of reaching 20 Gw by 2020. It is the largest wind farm in the world and holds the Guinness world Record of Highest capacity wind farm Since 2012.


Nature has a profound transforming power necessary for life on Earth to function. We as human beings can do many things to make our environment better. 

In this article, you can observe that Individuals have been brought together around sustainability efforts by brands, businesses, and groups that have harnessed the power of breaking records.

(Last Updated on March 29, 2022 by Sadrish Dabadi)

Rishu Shakya, a bachelor’s degree graduate in Business Information Management, holds an extraordinary empathy towards mother nature and her ecosystem. She has always been captivated by green Earth and its charm. She regards spreading awareness about clean energy and sustainable development as her passion as well as responsibility. She believes her compassion about the Earth and human relationships will undoubtedly assist our planet to be a better place.