Have you heard the common saying, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second-best time is now”? Trees are a vital part of the ecosystem and economy, but unfortunately, agriculture, overcrowding, urbanization, and manufacturing practices are robbing the earth of trees. The great news is that you can do something about it. All you need to do is shop with brands that plant trees.
There are so many global issues attached to unsustainable forest resource consumption. But you can help tackle some of these problems while shopping for the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. We have put together a list of some eco-friendly brands that are planting trees to make the world greener.
Further reading: Our compilation of some of the most pertinent deforestation facts provides more background on why planting trees is so important.
Anyone familiar with eco-friendly fashion will most likely have heard of the tentree brand. This brand manufactures eco-friendly clothing and backpacks. The earth-first brand values transparency and sustainability. They make use of upcycled polyester and organic fibers like cotton and hemp.
Tentree plants ten trees for every item sold with an ambitious goal to plant one billion trees. So far, they have planted 61,614,184 trees. Their tree planting efforts spread across the world to countries like Brazil, Madagascar, Haiti, Indonesia, Senegal, and Canada. Tentree also offers tree-planting carbon offset subscriptions to its customers.
With a brand name that translates literally in English as ‘green love,’ Amour Vert is a women’s clothing brand with sustainability at its core. The brand produces limited quantities of clothing to prevent resource waste. Conscious of the effect of its materials on the environment, the brand uses soy ink for printing and compostable packaging.
Amour Vert partners with American Forests to plant trees for every clothing item it sells. As of September 2021, the brand has planted 352,731 trees in North America. According to their estimates, they have replanted 1,763 acres of forest, which is equal to 146,971 tons of carbon dioxide sequestered.
Created for the eco-conscious outdoor lover, Tree Tribe offers a range of fashionable outdoor gear and clothing. The US-based brand produces eco-friendly water bottles, wallets, activewear, and t-shirts. They also make reusable straws from bamboo and steel.
Tree Tribe gives nature the credit for its design inspiration, and what better way to say thank you than to give back to nature. The brand plants a tree for every product it sells. Tree Tribe wants to plant a million trees and has partnered with various tree-planting organizations to do so. They partner with Eden Reforestation Projects, American forests, Cirenas, and Trees for the Future. So far, the brand has planted about 457,720 trees across America, Africa, and Asia.
This brand describes itself as more of a movement than a clothing brand. It comprises forward-thinking technologists, scientists, and designers that work to innovate bio-engineered materials. Essentially, Pangaia is a material science company that incorporates recyclability and sustainability into clothing designs.
Pangaia donates a portion of the proceeds of each sale to the Tomorrow Tree Fund. The fund supports local environmental NGOs in planting, protecting, and restoring trees. Pangaia’s donations help the NGOs in their commitment to care for one million trees around the world. These NGOs include HAkA, Seatrees, #TrillionTrees, and Arbio Peru. The fund has planted and cared for over 160,000 trees worldwide.
A founding member of the sustainable furniture council, Vermont Wood Studios is a well-known brand in eco-friendly furniture. The brand only makes customized handcrafted furniture pieces to order. That way, there is zero unsold or waste inventory. This brand incorporates fair trade practices and uses locally sourced or recycled materials.
Vermont Wood Studios is committed to forest conservation, and it is one of their four-point sustainability strategies. For co-founder Peggy Farabaugh, the brand is a platform to advocate for forest and wildlife preservation. They partner with the La Cruz Habitat Program to plant thousands of trees every year. In the last 16 years, they have planted 93,844 trees.
This brand creates elegant mid-century and transitional furniture designs. Their product offerings include bed frames, desks, coffee, and end tables, all of which are fully customizable. Joybird is a fair labor brand, and it assures customers of non-toxic furniture pieces.
Joybird works with the one tree planted organization to plant trees. They are planting trees in North America to help raise awareness about how trees impact sustainability. Their donations to one tree planted have supported projects like the California Cranston fire reforestation project and the Minnesota Chippewa national forest reforestation.
Masaya and Co make furniture using Sunbrella, a sustainable fabric created from fabric waste. The recycled material is also recyclable. They also use wood harvested responsibly and natural oil finishes. Simplicity and functionality are what drive the brand's representation of local craftsmanship.
For every product sold, Masaya and Co will plant up to one hundred trees. The brand's tree program is geared towards replacing the forest resources they consume. They also ensure that the communities where they are planting trees can reap some economic benefits from the forest preservation project.
Intending to become the first climate-positive furniture company, Simbly operates on high sustainability standards. The brand makes eco-friendly home furniture using Appleply, an FSC certified material. The material is free from formaldehyde and other toxins. Simbly furniture is ideal for the minimalist as each piece is essentially a capsule.
Simbly has won awards for its responsible wood sourcing policy. The carbon-neutral brand is a member of the sustainable furnishings council. Simbly will plant a tree for every product it sells through a partnership with the one tree planted NGO. The brand further reduces its carbon footprint and contribution to environmental preservation. It does this by purchasing carbon offsets through ecocart and sponsoring environmental NGOs through 1% for the planet.
This eco-friendly phone case brand makes trendy biodegradable cases for iPhones. They use wood, lavender, and harvest waste like wheat and flax straw. They combine these materials with PBAT bio-plastic to produce environmentally safe phone cases. The brand received a Green Product Award nomination in 2018/19
In a partnership with Arbor Day Foundation, Mmore plants a tree for every phone case it sells. They call it the tree project buy one plant one. The brand’s tree planting efforts complement its use of FSC certified wood. Mmore trees are planted in developing countries to aid economic growth and protect the environment.
Najture uses a wide variety of planted-based materials to create fully customized iPhone cases. The materials include onions, wheat, carrots, soybeans, rice, soil, and sawdust. The eco-friendly phone case decomposes within a year. As for toxicity, Najture phone cases contain zero BPA, cadmium, phthalates, or lead.
Apart from the brand’s commendable recycling program, when Najture sells one phone case, it will plant a tree. The brand partners with one tree planted to give back to nature in this manner.
Loam and Lore biodegradable phone cases can decompose in an industrial bin within 120 days. They create their phone cases with a combination of PBAT bioplastic and wheat straw. Some designs incorporate walnut or bamboo wood. To raise its sustainability standard, the brand uses minimalist Kraft paper.
The brand invests a portion of its resources in improving the environment. It plants a tree for every product it sells. Loam and Lore has a special phone case collection dedicated to the restoration of the Amazon Rainforest. The proceeds from that collection go towards supporting the Amazon Conservation Team.
As an alternative to plastic, Woodcessories uses stone, wood, and agro-waste to make phone cases. The REACH-certified phone cases are nontoxic. They sustainably source all the wood used by the brand from responsibly managed forests in Germany and the US.
This brand will plant a tree for every phone case it sells. Woodcessories collaborates with Trees for the Future to fight climate change with trees. They have planted about 214,875 trees so far. Trees for the Future wants to plant 500,000,000 million trees by 2025, and Woodcessories is helping the NGO get it done.
Eminence Organics uses natural ingredients to create organic makeup. They responsibly source ingredients in a way that doesn't harm the environment. Eminence Organics promises that its raw materials are grown with no fertilizers or pesticides, and its products contain no parabens or toxins.
The B corporation is also certified by the USDA, Organic Trade Association, Leaping Bunny, and FSC.
Eminence Organic will plant a tree in developing nations through their Forests for the Future initiative for every product sold. They plant about 400,000 fruit, nut and forestry trees every year. So far, they have planted over 18 million trees in more than 22 countries.
The brand says the initiative has helped over 200 families live above extreme poverty. The Forests for the Future program helped Eminence Organics clinch the 2016 Innovate Award for Philanthropic Initiatives award from the International Spa Association’s (ISPA)
Eco-friendly makeup brand 100% Pure prides itself on its toxin-free and cruelty-free products. 100% Pure colors its cosmetics with pigments extracted from fruits, tea, cocoa, and vegetables. The brand also promises that its ingredients are ethically sourced and completely vegan. 100% Pure products span across makeup and skincare.
Trees for the Future helps to coordinate their tree planting efforts. Their customers have donated 389,714 trees to mother nature so far. 100% Pure allows customers to choose between feeding animals in shelters or plant trees.
Paravel is a carbon-neutral travel brand that has won multiple awards for sustainability. It is working towards becoming 100% sustainable by the end of 2021. The brand offers a range of travel carry-ons, duffels, and backpacks. They use a variety of recycled materials approved by the Global Recycle Standard and Oeko-Tex.
In measuring their impact, Paravel states that it has offset over 8000 tonnes of co2 and saved more than 2.5 million plastic bottles from ending up in the ocean. The brand partners with the Eden Reforestation Projects and has planted close to 65,000 trees.
Cotopaxi is a B Certified corporation based in the Philippines. The brand is also a member of the sustainable apparel coalition. They create some of the funkiest and durable eco-friendly backpacks. They make their RE-purpose collection from deadstock eco fabrics and nylon from factories. Cotopaxi is anti-waste and will accept trade-ins for used gear.
Carbon offset schemes are a big part of Cotopaxi’s sustainability measures. They purchase their carbon offset funds from Climate Neutral. The offset funds are directed at renewable energy in the USA and afforestation in Uruguay.
The Hopper app promises to help travelers cut back on up to 40% of regular travel costs. The app predicts the future rates of car rentals, flights, and hotels. It instantly notifies a user when a prediction they have shown interest in is available for booking.
Hooper recently asserted itself more firmly as one of the few eco-friendly brands in air and road travel. The brand will plant not just one tree but up to four for every flight booked. The afforestation act is part of Hopper’s carbon offset program. In partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, this brand aims to plant at least 6 million trees in 2021.
An eco-friendly personal travel assistant, App In The Air, was created to make air travel easier and planet-friendly. The app helps users organize all the tiny details of their travel plans and keeps them updated when things change. Other than flight bookings, the app also helps with hotels.
App In The Air plants trees in a bid to make up for its environmental impact. The travel app brand will plant a tree for every flight it arranges for its users. The brand also offers customers a chance to offset their carbon footprint from flights they had taken before launching the tree planting program. As of September 2021, the brand has planted 15,000 trees.
Etnies is a fun outdoor fashion brand. They offer a variety of goods, but their skate shoes are the most popular. The brand makes shoes for the whole family. Etnies shoes are high-performing, durable, and comfortable.
The brand’s Buy a shoe, plant a tree project, gives back to nature. Etnies is partnering with Trees for the Future to plant trees for every pair of shoes sold. The brand’s goal is to help reverse deforestation in Brazil, and it won a Surf Industry Award in 2013 for its efforts. Since 2011, they have planted over 2 million trees.
A nice bottle of vodka can liven up a party or lighten the mood when you are spending a relaxing evening alone. Sapling Spirits locally produces its vodka n London with homegrown ingredients. Sapling Spirits vegan vodka is gluten-free and has a creamy smooth taste.
You plant a tree with every Sapling Spirits purchase and every bottle of vodka sold. Sapling Spirits plants trees in London, Bristol, and outside Europe. The brand teamed up with the High Atlas Foundation to plant fruit trees in Morocco that provide income for the locals. Sapling Spirits wants to plant 1 million trees by 2027 and has planted 31,512 at the moment.
Woodwatch designs the coolest wooden wristwatches and accessories made from sustainably sourced real wood. The result is elegant and timeless designs for men and women. As a brand that depends on wood for its chief raw material, it only fits that Woodwatch plants a tree when it makes a sale.
However, the brand goes even further; for every wristwatch sold, woodwatch will plant three trees. They have over 300,000 trees planted across Africa through the forest garden program run by Trees for the Future. They also support the Trees for All project in Bolivia to offset international shipping carbon emissions.
Trees beautify the landscape, naturally with no downsides, but that is not all they do. Trees have a significant impact on environmental health and even our mental wellbeing. Planting trees can make a big difference in our world today as we lose 10 million hectares of forests every year.
The increased amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere has resulted in global warming. The world's rising temperature is causing the earth's climate to change catastrophically. Rising sea levels, unpredictable precipitation patterns, and other extreme weather events are results of climate that threaten the future of our planet.
Trees can support us in our attempt to reverse the present trajectory of climate change with their carbon sequestering ability. Trees absorb about 2 billion tonnes of CO2 yearly3. A 2018 report by the UK's Royal Society estimates that additional afforestation of 2-6% of the land surface available that year could save up to 80-300GtCO2 in 25 years2.
Other than carbon offsetting, we can improve air quality by planting trees. Trees can absorb pollutants and intercept particulate matter, slowing or stopping them. The oxygen that they release also makes for cleaner and safer air.
Trees are a crucial component of the ecosystem; they provide food and habitat for some wildlife. Some wild plants like ferns, climbers, and orchids thrive best in a forest environment. Cutting down forests displaces native plant and animal species, putting biodiversity at risk.
There are about 1 million animal and plant species in the world facing the threat of extinction. And 80% of land-dwelling animals live in the world’s forests. Sustainably managed forests protect biodiversity. A brand that plants a tree for every item sold helps to ensure the survival of wildlife.
Trees are an essential economic resource. They provide a wide range of consumer products like paper, furniture, toilet paper, food, and so on. Forests also provide 76 million tonnes of the world’s food. In developed countries, they extract 25% of medicinal drugs from plants.
The 2021 global forest report estimates the market value loss due to illegal logging to be up to $10 billion a year. It's a no-brainer that the more trees we plant, the more resources we provide for present and future generations. 1.2 billion people earn a living through agroforestry, and planting trees can help to better the lives of impoverished people in savannah and forest areas.
Planting trees on degraded lands can greatly improve soil health. Even a tiny forest allows more biodiversity than monoculture plantations. Plants, fungi, and animals that find habitat in the canopy, branches, and cool soil that trees provide work together to increase soil fertility
The presence of trees also reduces soil erosion incidents and can help mitigate the effects of flooding.
Research suggests that having trees in the neighborhood can significantly positively impact mental and physical health1. They can improve cognitive function and attention levels in young kids. People who view greenery in their offices may perform better at work as it provides a chance for micro-restoration.
It improves the appearance of the neighborhood and promotes healthy communities.
Trees help cool down our cities; people can enjoy time out in nature without worrying about the scorching sun, thanks to the shade that trees provide.
Check out 10 tree planting projects around the world for information on a handful of organizations committed to tree planting. You can also read up more on how trees mitigate the impact of climate change and find out how to get involved by volunteering to plant trees in your community or further afield.
Your daily activities contribute to carbon emissions that affect the climate, and you can reduce your carbon footprint by supporting businesses that care for the environment. Reforestation efforts are essential for a sustainable future.
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The Global Forest Goals Report 2021. Department of Economics and Social Affairs. United Nations
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