Eden Reforestation Projects
PLANT TREES & SAVE LIVES!
We are extremely proud to announce our partnership with the Eden Reforestation Project, who's primary aim is to reduce extreme poverty by restoring regions of the planet seriously affected by deforestation and employing local people to plant tens millions of trees every year.
We will donate the cost of planting a new tree for every single item we sell on our own store and also every item sold on our other retail partners (Etsy, Not On The High Street, Amazon and Ebay). Our target this year (and every other year) is to plant 100,000 trees! We have not and will not increase our prices to cover this cost. This is funded solely by us out of your purchase....and it is not on a "per order" basis. It is for every ITEM we sell. For example, if you bought from us 5 butter knives then we will plant 5 trees on your behalf. This is not just us getting involved. This is also you playing your part. So if sustainability is important to you then you have certainly come to the right place!
Since Eden began, they have planted more than 650 million trees around the world in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
COMMUNITIES MANAGE OUR NURSERIES AND PLANTING SITES
We start by hiring people in local communities to plant trees. This gives them a consistent income so they can provide for their families again. As the reforestation effort goes on, healthy forests begin to emerge, and the harmful effects of deforestation begin to disappear.
Deforestation is a global phenomenon caused by a variety of factors. These factors range from large-scale slash and burn practices to unsustainable agriculture to daily community forest destruction.
The regions most impacted by deforestation are highly poverty-stricken and underdeveloped areas. With few options to support their families, often members of impoverished communities are forced to destroy their local environment to survive, such as cutting down trees for construction, fuel, heat, and agricultural purposes. While this solves a short-term problem, long-term consequences arise when forests are cut down and not restored. The impact of deforestation is dramatic because it causes severe flooding, erosion, and desertification. The long-term effects of deforestation lead to even worse environmental devastation.
There are two key elements to successful reforestation. The first element is that reforestation must present a benefit to the local population. Due to the unsustainable relationship between the land and people, communities suffering from deforestation are often the same as those living in extreme poverty. It is essential to be committed to and work alongside local villages and communities to achieve a successful and longstanding reforestation effort. Eden Reforestation Projects utilizes its Employ to Plant methodology to benefit members in the local communities where we plant. Through steady employment, people living in extreme poverty can begin to afford daily necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, and medicine.The second critical element rests in funding. Without donors, business partners, and grants, there is little hope for successful and impactful reforestation.
At Eden, they have a holistic approach to reforestation and ecological restoration.
- Our national leaders partner with villages that are committed to restoring their forests.
- We hire and train local people to plant new trees.
- They plant native tree species.
- The communities protect their new forests because they have a vested interest in them.
- Top tier seedling survival rate – over 80%, even higher when natural generation is factored in.
These are the countries Eden are currently committed to.