Planting Pineapples For Homework
Last December, we began planting our first trees in Indonesia. Our primary planting site is Biak Island, which is located on the northern coast of West Papua. Biak Island was chosen due to how prone it is to natural disasters, like flooding from tsunamis and storms. Tree planting here is beneficial to the environment but has an especially positive impact on the residents of Biak.
All over Indonesia, massive rainforest losses have occurred due to the palm oil industry. Palm oil provides Indonesians with much needed income, but leaves the natural environment devastated. According to the World Wildlife Federation, 300 football fields of forest are cleared each hour in order to make way for palm oil plantations.
Fruit trees are among the types of trees we plant all around the world. In developing countries, fruit trees can make the difference between stagnating wages and economic growth. Fruit can typically be sold at a higher price that other types of crops, making them ideal for farmers who have found themselves locked in cyclical poverty.
One of the fruit trees we plant in Indonesia isn’t actually a tree at all - it’s the pineapple plant. While pineapple plants aren’t trees, they do help protect indonesia’s forests. So how exactly can a pineapple, which isn’t even a tree, save a forest? Well kids, we’re going back to school!
Educating locals on how to protect forests is vital to keeping forests intact and healthy, and when it comes to education, there’s no better place to begin than with the youth. That’s why we’re partnering up with Eden Reforestation Projects to help elementary school aged children learn how to grow and take care of a pineapple plants. Keeping forests intact and educating locals about how to protect their local forests is vital.
For every item purchased from our Pineapple Collection we’ll plant ten trees in Indonesia and supply a free pineapple plant to an elementary school student. The students will be responsible for growing and maintaining their pineapple plant. They’ll learn how plants grow and why it’s important to save Biak’s forests.