Help the Planet
ShopifyLearn more about their commitment
We use Shopify as our website host. We chose it not only because it is the market leader, but also because it allocates at least $5 million a year to defend the environment through its Sustainability Fund. Shopify has undertaken several initiatives to grow sustainably, including becoming a zero-impact company. It is following the best industry standards by purchasing credits to offset its current and future carbon footprint and investing in capturing carbon directly from the atmosphere. They have chosen renewable energy to provide heating and electricity to their facilities, creating a zero impact platform and locations and sustainable offices.
Offset CarbonLearn more about this app
We offset our carbon emissions by using Shopify’s Planet app. It lets us offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the shipments that we deliver. The app uses industry models to determine the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere for each shipment using weight, distance and type of transportation, and then charges us an amount per shipment to offset those emissions. The funds are used to purchase carbon credits, which offset our emissions through deforestation protection projects, supporting companies such as Grassroots Carbon, which helps farmers capture carbon stored in the soil.
EcosiaStart using it too
Each time we search the web, we also plant trees. We use Ecosia as our search engine to plant trees while searching. It uses paid ads to earn money that it uses to plant a tree every 45 searches all over the world without affecting privacy. More than 90 million trees have been planted so far.
One Tree Planted
As an environmental charity, they are on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees! One dollar, one tree. They are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees! Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. They also provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestation partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help us get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity. In 2018, they were able to get more trees in the ground than ever before: 1.3 million!
They pool the donations for each project and send the funds to their reforestation partners. They vet their partners to ensure that they maintain a tree survival rate of 80-90%. Depending on the project, their partners choose the best tree species to plant and work with local communities to get them in the ground. Planting typically happens in the rainy season when the soil is wet and provides optimal conditions for tree survival.
Once all the trees are in the ground, they send out a report highlighting the impact of your trees, that include plenty of pictures of the newly planted section of forest, the tree species planted, expected survival rates, community engagement, and ecological benefits.
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We'll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.
The Ocean Cleanup
When checking out, you can choose to donate at checkout to The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation.
The purpose of The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation is to preserve and protect the natural ocean environment for the benefit of the public. This includes promoting and supporting the efficient and environmentally-friendly extraction of waste from oceans, seas and other waste areas. It also includes promoting, supporting and performing the environmentally-friendly recycling of such waste.
The main activity to be carried out by the Foundation is the assembly of ocean systems for deployment in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, by one of The Ocean Cleanup’s affiliates. The assembly of the first cleanup system is taking place in Alameda, California.
The extracted plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be recycled and sold, to finance (part of) the cleanup expansion to the other four ocean gyres, as well as the continued operation of cleanup systems in the North Pacific. The North Pacific Foundation may assist in the marketing and sales of the plastic.
The Foundation will also be responsible for raising funds in the US; firstly, for rolling out The Ocean Cleanup initiative in the North Pacific, but also to support other The Ocean Cleanup initiatives around the world. The Foundation will also set-up and manage events in the US, such as media events related to the cleanup system progress.
Trees for the Future
When checking out, you can choose to donate at checkout to Trees For The Future.
We lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs in the developing tropics of Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families use destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices that further degrade their communities trees, soil, water and biodiversity, making them even more likely to migrate and more vulnerable to the climate changes that lie ahead.
The Forest Garden Program is a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods and food crops systematically over a four-year period, families can positively change their lives forever. Forest Gardens consist of thousands of trees that provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and a 400% increase in their annual income in four years.
The challenge that Trees For The Future faces is how to train hundreds of millions of farmers to plant Forest Gardens. Most smallholder farmers world-wide are low-literate, highly dispersed, chronically hungry, and living in extreme poverty. They own, on average, less than five acres, and are dependent upon tree products from local forests for their survival.
Planting trees provides families with more than just food. It provides income, empowerment, unity, leadership, education and even saves lives. When we teach people to value themselves and their environment, they see amazing improvements in their standard of living.
Your donation has a direct impact on the earth and lives of the people who need it most. By helping them plant trees, you give families the ability to transition from unsustainable farming techniques to a Forest Garden system. Your donation not only sustains and empowers them, but also changes their lives forever.
All this is only possible with your own help.
People have an incredible power: choice. Whatever we buy is our choice and determines what will be produced and sold. Whenever you buy something, think about its impact on environment and people and animal lives; the impact of all of our products is in their description.
Each of us makes choices that, on a large scale, influence the market. If everyone were to choose eco-friendly products, the whole world would be eco-friendly. We would not have pollution of the seas and land, wild deforestation, endangered species, economic slavery. Ethical consumerism leads to a cleaner world.
Shop now to change the world
It is not a utopia, but the result of the choice of people like you and us, who together change the world. This is our mission and our hope, help us realize it. With your purchases, you are literally planting the seed of change.
You can also inspire your friends, family and colleagues to stop trashing the world by being a living example or by inviting them to our shop: become an ambassador today!
You can celebrate our Earth every day even with small acts. Learn about what you can do right now.
Let's build a forest together! Say yes to life, Earth Thanks! 🌿