In June 2019, I decided that I wanted to do more with my business than just make and sell wildlife inspired art - I wanted to use it to change things for the better and protect the beautiful planet that we live on and the animals that give me the inspiration for my digital wildlife illustrations. In the past year I have planted one tree for every 10 items sold, and thanks to my amazing customers, I have now planted a total of 100 TREES worldwide!
I strive to make my business as eco-friendly as possible. I make, design and print all of my products here in the UK, to reduce my carbon footprint. My products are made from 100% cotton, rather than man-made fibres, to reduce my plastic impact. All of my packaging is plastic-free, including compostable card wrappers and "green jiffy bags" padded with shredded recycled paper. Even the tape I use is biodegradable! However, I wanted to go further than just the packaging so I decided to start planting a tree for every 10 items I sold, in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint of my business and to give back to the amazing natural world that we are a part of.
There are lots of organisations that plant trees... I did my research and settled on a charity called One Tree Planted who plant trees across the world as part of a number of reforesting projects. Their aim is to make it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, protecting biodiversity and creating a healthier climate, by planting trees!
Planting trees is so important for the protection of our planet, as deforestation has a huge impact on the climate and the survival of flora and fauna worldwide. For example, did you know that 50% of all plants and animals in the world live in tropical rainforests? The earth has over 60,000 different tree species, each creating a habitat for different wildlife? The Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the world's oxygen? Trees are amazing! They are also the best natural way of combatting climate change, as they absorb carbon dioxide, naturally storing it in their trunks and branches, as well as emitting oxygen to help us breathe. Tree cover also helps to reduce ambient temperatures, up to 8°c in some places! Planting trees in city areas can really help reduce the temperatures there, as well as absorbing greenhouse gases and helping to reduce flooding - a mature tree can absorb several thousands of litres of water per year!
Silverpasta's tree planting across the world...
Ghana - 1 tree
Rwanda - 3 trees
Brazil - 3 trees
Orca Tree Planting Project - 10 trees
Amazon Rainforest - 22 trees
India - 23 trees
Australia - 38 trees
TOTAL = 100 TREES!
If you want to be involved in where I plant trees, follow me on social media where I usually ask my followers to vote for planting locations across the world!
Follow me on Facebook HERE!
Since starting in 2014, One Tree Planted have more than doubled their tree planting year on year and in 2019 they planted over four million trees! They are aiming for 15 million trees to be planted in 2020 and I am really excited that my business and my lovely customers can help this amazing charity achieve their planting goals and help reforest our world!
You can help me plant more trees today by purchasing something from my online shop - I plant one tree for every 10 items sold, even small ones such as greetings cards! Shop my online collection HERE!
If you would like to find out more about One Tree Planted and how and where they plant their trees, or to donate yourself to plant some trees across the world, then visit their website here: https://onetreeplanted.org/