Our Green Mission

The ins and outs of our sustainability mission, from tree planting to creating local employment

We're serious about sustainability

We are all aware of the environmental crisis and we’re not here to lecture you on that. We’re here to say that while the Earth may be in trouble, we still believe there is hope.

We have been inspired by companies like EcosiaTOMS Shoes, Warby Parker, Cotopaxi, Patagonia and more to build a business that does good in the world.

Inspired by these companies we set about building a business that can have a real impact in the fight against climate change.

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Did you know?
Purchasing just one of our products can offset the emissions of a petrol car driving around the entire Earth’s equator . . . . . twice

The impact of your purchase

Every time we sell a product we plant 100 trees. On average, each tree will remove 50 kg of CO2 during an expected 15 year lifetime. Combined, that is a conservative estimate of 5,000kg of carbon removed from the atmosphere for every product we sell!

To put that in perspective, buying just one workstation on our site will roughly offset the emissions produced by a petrol car that drives 30,000km; that is over 2 laps of the Earth’s equator.

This impact would be impossible to make without you, the customer. The trees YOU planted will make a lasting difference to people’s lives and the environment for years to come.

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How do we actually plant the trees?
We have partnered with some of the world’s best and most trusted tree planting charities to plant our trees at scale around the world

How do we plant our trees?

To plant our trees we have partnered with some of the world’s best tree planting charities including the amazing Eden Reforestation projects. Our partners like Eden are reliable, vetted and they operate at scale to sustainably plant trees in locations all around the globe, from Nicaragua to Nepal and Madagascar to Mozambique. Our partners use various tree planting methods depending on the site location and requirements including farmer managed natural regeneration, seedling nursery and mangrove propagule planting.

And what sort of trees do we plant?

Our tree planting partners only plant native species trees. They never plant or introduce any invasive species at any of their project sites. Some of our partners also plant a percentage of agroforestry species for sustainable community use only; we do not support monoculture planting. These small agroforestry areas prevent the local communities from going into newly restored forests and provides greater community benefit and involvement in the project which is intrinsic to a projects long-term success.

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Sustainability beyond the trees
To make a tree planting project a true success requires a key ingredient; local buy-in. Our exceptional tree planting partners work hard to make this happen

Using tree planting to alleviate poverty

Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s about providing sustainable jobs. To ensure the success of a tree planting project we need the support of the local community. In return for their support, our tree planting partners help locals to be lifted out of poverty and to build a sustainable career via reforestation and education.

Our partners hire local villagers to plant the trees your product purchases fund. In this way, our partners alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The villagers now have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of ownership over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.

A minimum of 10% of the trees to be planted are agroforestry species (fruit, fodder and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income. Our partners also do as much as they can to supply the local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel-efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and/or eliminates their dependence on charcoal. In some sites our partners even hire forest guards as part of the labour force to protect the forests from illegal logging.

These steps result in the most important aspect of our tree planting projects; the villagers fall in love with their forest. They also recognize and benefit from the restored forest through an increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water and the formation of microenterprises.

 

This is true sustainability.

What about your manufacturing, is that sustainable?

We only ever use FSC certified timber which means it is responsibly sourced. We also use recyclable packaging and get our products manufactured locally, reducing transport emissions and supporting local jobs.

Sustainable manufacturing

Like we said, we are serious about sustainability and our choice of materials reflects this. Firstly, we only use FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council ) certified timber. The FSC system allows businesses and consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products made with materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources, ensuring our forests are alive for generations to come.

Secondly, we use recyclable cardboard packaging rather than plastic wrapping. We even opted for digital only instruction manuals to reduce our paper consumption.

Furthermore, our products are manufactured locally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Manufacturing locally reduces transport emissions and supports US manufacturing. All of our workers are paid a fair wage for their work and we consider ourselves lucky to be working with them.