Ten trees can have an incredible impact on the ecosystems we plant in. All trees planted are local species, often times in some of the harshest regions. We use "pioneer" species to ensure survival and often plant more than ten trees per item to guarantee ten trees SURVIVE for every item sold. We aim to plant in areas that have the greatest need. This includes:
Madagascar, where mangrove forests have been devastated, leaving locals with infertile farm land and completely wiping out thriving ecosystems.
Ethiopia, where entire forests have been cut down. This has left the population subject to the effects of flooding, resulting in much of the remaining farmland washing away.
Everyone can relate to the need for tree planting and the incredible impact it can have on the environment; an impact that does not simply end once the ten trees have been planted.
The numerous social and environmental benefits of each tree planted will likely
outlast any tentree product purchased. Not only do the trees live for 20-30 years, but they also propagate seedlings which in turn grow into more trees. This is the reason ten trees can make such a difference. For every item sold, these trees will benefit the region for centuries to come.
At tentree, manufacturing is one of the key areas where we pursue social equity and environmental sustainability. It is a widely held belief that the garment manufacturing industry is oppressive and irresponsible. Not only do we believe that we are capable of changing this; we believe that it is our responsibility to do so. To make a broad sweeping statement that tentree will avoid all international production is to accept that there are issues that cannot be fixed. Instead, we work to change the apparel industry through transparency, dedication, and diligence.
tentree works to promote fair labour practices and safe working conditions
throughout the supply chain. We only work with socially and environmentally responsible factories that are WRAP approved, agree to yearly unannounced audits, and abide by our code of ethics. The factories we work with commit to fair hours of work, absolutely no child labour, fair compensation based on local laws, a safe and healthy workplace, and adherence to environmentally conscious practices.
We have worked to ensure that our environmental footprint is minimized throughout the supply chain by only working with factories that can source product from the local region. By doing
this, we have shrunk our overall environmental impact and reduced approximately 15% of the pollution through shipping.
It is our goal at tentree to work with facilities across the globe to encourage environmental stewardship and socially responsible behaviour. As we further develop our supply chain, we will continue to update this information to ensure every consumer can feel good about the product they're purchasing. With every piece of tentree apparel purchased, you are not only supporting the planting of ten trees; you are also showing your support of responsible manufacturing.
- our brand
tentree was founded on the premise that every consumer wants to know that they are contributing to the wellbeing of our planet.
We believe we can inspire a new group of consumers to tackle the environmental issues we are now faced with head on, positively impacting our future.
In order to ensure we continue to grow our tree planting and sustainability efforts, we have partnered with several not-for-profits across the globe, including the Canadian Wildlife Federation, WeForest, American Forests, Eden Reforestation, Trees for the Future, and more. These relationships have allowed tentree to develop an on-the-ground presence in the areas most in need.
As tentree grows, so too does our impact. Every consumer that purchases a tentree branded piece of clothing is showing their dedication to the values our team shares: environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and the hope for a brighter future.
- social impact
tentree partners with not-for-profits and communities in our planting areas to ensure we have a targeted, lasting impact. First, the community is hired to help propagate seedlings to be used for planting. After this, locals spend long hours clearing the planting sites of debris in order to promote better growth. Between this preparation and the resulting planting, fifty trees can provide one local worker with a full day of employment.
The benefits, however, don't end here. The communities are then hired to guard the reforestation sites from any grazing animals or inclement weather for up to seven years.
The tragic reality is that most of the deforestation in these areas is a result of individuals trying to find wood for cooking and shelter. In order to ensure that this does not remain an issue, we work to
educate all planting communities on sustainable practices.
The trees planted with tentree are done so with the intention of solving an ever increasing problem. The impact of these trees extends far beyond the environment; it provides communities with jobs, sustenance, and a future. The effect of each and every tree will be felt for generations to come.