How it works
Receive your code
Every piece of apparel comes with a unique tag, each with it’s own tree code specific to your ten trees.
Register your trees
Once your tree code is registered you can track your trees and see where they will be planted.
Track your growth
Watch your impact grow the more codes you register. PS you'll also earn 25 rewards seeds for each code registered.*
Frequently asked questions
- Can I pick where my trees are planted?
Currently, we do not have the capability to allow users to choose where their trees are planted. There are a number of factors that can change very quickly before the trees are scheduled to be planted. To name a few: (1) the weather (2) trees available and their condition (3) the locals' need for employment, and (4) the areas available to plant in.
However, we do have location-specific collections that plant in designated areas and allow you to have a say in where you plant. Keep your eyes peeled for these collections as they are often limited edition and tend to sell out quickly!
- How do you pick where your trees are planted?
People in developing communities come to tentree and our partners for help. As projects succeed, neighbouring communities tend to reach out in hopes of participating as well. Planting has a ripple effect on many of these areas, which is why we often have several planting sites located within a particular country. We also work with our partners to provide support in times of need such as reforestation after wildfires and planting to protect endangered wildlife.
- If I don’t register my code, will the trees still be planted?
Yes, your trees will be planted based on your purchase regardless of whether your Tree Code is registered or not. We introduced the tree registry program as a fun way for our supporters to discover their impact and following along on our journey to plant 1 billion trees.
- Is there a dollar value per tree?
Trees are quite valuable, though the value varies from place to place and is dependent on the types of trees planted. Trees can provide many resources such as fuelwood, fodder, fruits, fertilizers, oils, and construction materials. However, the majority of our trees are planted to provide for people's livelihoods in the form of planting wages, rather than for direct material gain. It’s hard to put a dollar value on all the impact a tree can have so we don’t try to!
- How do I know the trees won’t be cut down?
Many of the trees initially planted are, in fact, designed to be cut back periodically, as these species coppice (grow back vigorously after harvesting) time and again. These trees sustainably meet the needs of the participants, and the net result is rapidly and constantly growing diversity within the reforested lands. Therefore, the projects you support are not only permanent but always growing in diversity and ecological benefits, year after year.
The planting communities are left in charge of managing their forests and nurturing their growth. This includes protecting it from illegal logging and hiring guards to keep grazing animals from eating the younger trees and preventing others from cutting down what has been planted.
Additionally, we continuously check back on our planting sites to see their progress and growth. We’re currently trialing drone mapping so that we can record and provide visual data on the survival and growth rate of our sites.
- Do you plant only indigenous species?
We take invasive species seriously. We primarily use species that are already naturalized or are native to an area. However, as many of our projects involve working on degraded lands, one of the main criteria is planting trees that grow quickly and can establish an environment that allows native flora to return.
Our goal is first and foremost the rapid and continued return of indigenous trees. In many cases, however, the lands we plant on are often so damaged that indigenous trees can no longer inhabit their once native lands. Many species that once inhabited the forest are unable to withstand harsh, direct sunlight. They need the shade that is no longer there. In order to restore biodiversity, we plant multi-purpose, fast-growing trees to create conditions that allow the native species to thrive and return. We are always careful to avoid using invasive species, but we do not restrict ourselves to only native species .
By initially introducing the proper pioneer tree species, the former conditions can be brought back and within a very short time, we can bring about the natural regeneration of the past diversity to a site. We’re in it for the long haul!
- What can ten trees do?
Ten trees have the potential to change the environment and communities around them. Every tree benefits their environment in different ways.
In many of the areas we plant, people struggle to support their families or send their children to school. Utilizing an Employ-To-Plant model with the help of our partners, tentree's efforts have provided over 280 full-time jobs to individuals that otherwise would not have one. Through income supplementation and environmental education, entire communities have lifted themselves out of poverty and begun to build stronger, more sustainable economies. This works in the long run to end systemic poverty in regions where education, housing, and adequate food supplies often seem like luxuries.
Trees don't just sequester carbon and cool the earth. Like all life on earth, each tree is special and benefits their environment in different ways. The Mangrove trees we plant in Madagascar protect coastlines and prevent erosion. The pineapple plants in Indonesia provide food and income to communities. And in Canada, we're working to prevent the decline of the Whitebark pine tree, an iconic pine tree that naturally aids forest regeneration after a natural disaster. tentree plants all these trees and many more to ensure our diverse environment has the best chance to survive and thrive for generations to come.
- What happens to the trees if I return my shirt?
We reconcile the number of trees planted on a quarterly basis (for planning and verification purposes), and address any discrepancies at that time. Trees are not planted for returned items as we balance these discrepancies. In most cases, however, the item is later re-purchased and we do plant the trees.
- Can we come plant with you?
For planting projects in Canada and the US, we contract out local crews. If you are looking to get involved with tree planting in Canada or the US you can have a look at our planting pages to see the organizations we’ve worked with in the past.
In developing countries we hire locals to plant trees so that (1) we give employment to those in need and (2) they take pride in their work and ensure survival of the new forest in their community. As a result, we don’t recruit volunteers to plant with us in these areas.
- When are my trees planted? How soon after the purchase?
We guarantee that all your trees will be planted within six months of your purchase. Every three months, we compile the number of trees to be planted and distribute them amongst the countries who (1) have the next closest planting season, (2) have the greatest need for trees, and (3) the best conditions for planting.
- What happens to the trees after you plant them?
They grow! Part of our process is teaching local planting communities how reforestation works and why it’s so important. Our nonprofits work with local tree planters to teach them everything they need to know about planting and managing a forest. They learn what they should and shouldn't use, what they can cut down, what they need to leave alone, and most importantly, how to responsibly care for their environment.
The training and tree planting opportunities provided make locals feel a sense of ownership and pride in their forest. On top of that, we hire guards at our reforestation sites who keep grazing animals from eating all the younger trees and prevent others from cutting down what we've planted.
- Why don't you just plant trees and not sell clothes?
We wish we could! However, planting trees and hiring the right people to plant them costs money and we need a source of income to offset and support these costs. We go to great lengths to ensure our product is the most sustainable it can be so that in selling clothes we’re not creating more harm than good for the planet. Plus, we really like the clothes we make and hope you do too.
- Can you provide proof of planting?
You can always contact any of our partners and verify that our contributions, both financial and in person, have been made. We check up on our sites regularly and are always working to share new videos and information about their progress which can be found on our planting pages or on our blog. Stay tuned for a very special project we’ve been working on that will allow you to track and verify your trees.
tentree's partners have also established photo stations at our planting sites where its villagers are trained to use a camera that geotags documentation photos. Workers literally walk the perimeters of our planting sites with a GPS unit to trace the site’s edge for the most accurate information. This will be part of the new verification software we’ve been working on (it’s the first of its kind in the world).
- Who are the charities you work with? Are you a charity?
We are not a charity so we do not accept donations. If you are looking to make a donation to a tree planting organization, we recommend American Forests, Tree Canada, Eden Projects, or Trees for the Future. If you are looking to donate to wildlife conservation, we recommend the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Each charity we work with at a given planting site is also listed at the bottom planting page.
- How much does someone make planting trees in these areas?
The wages are enough for planters to become solid members of the upper-middle class within their society in terms of income. Most of the people we hire have never had a cash-paying job in their lives. Wages will vary based on the project nation, the economy, and their actual position with us. On the other hand, the forests planted result in enormous non-monetary benefits that improve the livelihoods of local communities, including:
- Regeneration of the soil so it is more fertile for crops
- Leaves can be used as animal feed
- Fuel wood can be harvested from forests sustainably
- Some trees yield fruit which can be eaten or sold
- Restored habitat for animals to return to the area which can be hunted and eaten or sold
- Coastline stabilization and buffering to protect communities from flooding
For more information and some of the benefits that apply to specific sites, you can check out our planting pages for in depth descriptions!
*Rewards seeds for tree registries will be awarded starting December 2020. Seeds will not be awarded retroactively.