We are so incredibly proud to announce that we have partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to aid in the efforts of reforestation and poverty alleviation! Eden Reforestation Projects is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. In order to do this, Eden Reforestation Projects hires the poorest of the poor to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native species forest on a massive scale. Their “Employ to Plant” methodology results in a multiplication of positive socio-economic and environment measures.
Like many of you, we at Tropicouture Plants have long been preoccupied with the implications of the Climate Disaster that is arguably the most pressing issue of our time. As lifelong lovers of all things plants and animals, we are concerned about our everyday impact on our carbon footprint and the ongoing intersectional issues that arise from climate change, including but not limited to: poverty, food insecurity, and extinction threats to biodiversity resulting from deforestation, pollution, and unsustainable industrialization. As a recent CBC report noted, Canada is lagging behind other wealthy countries when it comes to cutting carbon emissions, and the average Canadian has an average carbon footprint of 14.2 tonnes (2019 estimate). We realized that we needed to do what we can in order to mitigate the devastating effects of this global climate crisis.
WHY EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS
The approach taken by Eden Reforestation Projects towards addressing deforestation to combat other intersectional issues really spoke to us. Eden Reforestation Projects believes that 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. Hence, Eden Reforestation Projects engages with various stakeholders and partners in order to successfully address these issues.
HOW IT WORKS
For every purchase you make on our site, we will donate FIVE (5) TREES OF NATIVE SPECIES to support the reforestation efforts in Madagascar, a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. More than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the community’s ability to live off the land. Conservative estimates state that restoring mangroves, like those in some of the ERP partner communities in coastal Madagascar, can result in anywhere from "4.5 and 40.7 tons of Carbon Dioxide removed per year per hectare during the first 20 years of tree growth".
Interested to learn more? Visit the Eden Reforestation Projects website here. For more information on your own individual carbon footprint, visit the Carbon Footprint Calculator here.
Tropicouture Plants is a proud Seed Level Partner of Eden Reforestation Projects.