Tree Planting Project
Switch to Plastic-Free and Plant a Tree
6.100 trees planted
Planet earth is currently having a very rough time. We are producing more than 380 million tons of plastic yearly, about the equivalent of the entire human population’s weight. Meanwhile, we are also cutting down 10 million hectares of forests over the same period — an area ten times the Netherlands’ size, or almost equalling England’s.
The truth is, we are currently using the earth’s resources at an unprecedented rate. Our way of consuming has become increasingly unsustainable over the past decades. That’s why our decisions right now matter more than ever.
We are proud to say, offering natural and plastic-free products is The Bamboovement’s cornerstone. It is one way in which we try to make this world a better place.
However, there is always an extra step you can take. For example, in our case, teaming up with like-minded organisations. Because we also believe that working together on ambitious initiatives can lead to fruitful contributions. That is why we are super excited to have recently teamed up with the International Association of Human Values (IAHV) and Eden Reforestation Projects (ERP).
We met Shailen Mittal, a core management member of IAHV UK, at an event in London. Since the start, it has been apparent that there is a shared aspiration for restoring the world’s healthy state. He is the Climate Action Now (CAN) project leader, IAHV’s initiative to raise funds to plant as many trees as possible NOW. Shailen’s open-mindedness, passionate drive, and network paved the way for our new partnership.
Through IAHV, we linked with ERP, a world expert in tree planting. They are operative in 8 different countries and have planted over 440 million trees. Their work inspired us to commit to planting trees as well. How exactly? Well, very simple. We donate one tree to ERP for every order.
In this video, founder Dr Stephen Fitch explains their daily work to reach their mission.
Why Eden Reforestation Project?
There’s an increasing amount of NGOs that are working hard to combat deforestation. So why did we choose to partner up with IAHV and ERP?
To answer that question, let’s look at the effects of deforestation: severe flooding, erosion, and desertification. Particularly local ecosystems and communities feel these consequences. Native biodiversity heavily declines, and local people are pushed into extreme poverty because the land sustaining them doesn’t exist anymore. That is why we believe the key to successful tree planting projects is to engage the local population actively.
Employ to Plant
ERP’s “Employ-to-Plant vision” is a beautiful initiative that recognises the stake of those local communities. By hiring villagers to grow seedlings and plant trees, they provide them with a consistent income. As the reforestation project continue, healthy forests reappear. Meanwhile, the adverse effects of deforestation start to fade.
The core values of Employ-to-Plant method are:
- to partner up with local villages committed to restoring their forests;
- to hire and train villagers to plant new trees;
- to ensure that newly planted trees are native species by having the villagers collect seeds from remnant forests;
- to reach a top tier seedling survival rate of over 80%.
A Growing Movement
You might feel discouraged when you read the facts in the first paragraph. Or when you watch the news, and you see the horrifying images of bushfires lighting up in every corner of the world. However, there’s an incredible growing movement working hard to preserve the earth’s rich biodiversity.
Countries from every corner of the world are seeing the benefits to protect forests and their ecosystems. Ethiopia is a great example. Back in 2019, they broke a record by planting 350 million trees in one day. Their new goal? Planting 5 billion trees to preserve their national forests. Also, new policies are put into place all over the world to take action against plastic pollution. African nations are leading the way in banning plastic items. Finally, also Western countries are following in their footsteps by putting stricter policies into place.
We are very aware that manufacturing products and shipping them lead to CO2 emissions. For this reason, we will commit ourselves to calculate and compensate for the entire carbon footprint of our bamboo products this year.
By planting trees, we aim to offer carbon-neutral, and eventually carbon-negative, products by 2022. Carbon-negative products are climate positive, as more CO2 is stored than their production process requires. To do our part in restoring precious forests, we aim to plant over 50.000 trees in 2021.
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