At Play Dirty, we believe in making a meaningful difference for our planet with every order you place. We're excited to share our initiative with Ecologi, where we've pledged to plant a tree for every order received. For every change robe order we receive we automatically donate to the Ecologi initiative. We understand that you might have questions about how this initiative works, so let us take you on a journey through the heart of our tree planting project.
Trees are the unsung heroes of our planet. They quietly absorb and lock away carbon from the atmosphere over their lifetimes. In a world where carbon emissions pose a significant threat, trees are one of the best tools we have to combat this issue. But they don't just plant any trees; they carefully select our tree planting partners and projects to ensure that the impact is both meaningful and sustainable.
Ensuring Tree Survival
One of the first questions that may come to mind is, "What's stopping someone from cutting down the newly planted tree?" It's a valid concern, and Ecologi take it seriously. They work closely with organisations like Eden Reforestation Projects, which secure written agreements with governments designating restoration sites as protected in perpetuity.
They also hire local villagers to plant the trees, creating an economic incentive for them to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. These villagers develop a sense of ownership over the trees and the restored forest, protecting it with great care. Additionally, a minimum of 10% of the trees planted are agroforestry species, providing food security and legitimate human needs, thereby creating a sustainable source of income.
Mangroves: A Powerful Choice
You might wonder why so many of the trees are mangroves. The answer lies in their remarkable carbon sequestration capacity. Scientific studies have shown that mangroves can sequester carbon at rates two to four times greater than mature tropical forests. They are also crucial components of coastal ecosystems, offering services such as fisheries support, sediment regulation, and storm protection.
Survival Rates and Natural Regeneration
The mangrove restoration projects boast an initial survival rate exceeding 80%. Between years three and five, young mangrove trees begin producing their own propagules, leading to natural regeneration. This phenomenon results in an impact ranging from 150% to 500%. Ecologi are highly selective in choosing partners who actively work to secure these high survival rates.
Beyond Carbon Sequestration
While carbon sequestration is a critical aspect of the tree planting initiative, it's not the only goal. Ecologi adhere to the highest verification standards when purchasing carbon credits, ensuring that our contributions have a real and measurable impact on reducing carbon emissions.
Protecting Indigenous Communities
Ecologi are committed to ensuring that indigenous communities are protected and actively involved in our projects. For instance, in Madagascar, the partners at Eden Reforestation Projects work with the explicit permission of indigenous landowners and the government. Local communities benefit from the projects in various ways, such as job creation, access to fruit harvesting, and economic benefits from restoring deforested land.
Fair Wages and Community Empowerment
Ecologi's partners at Eden Reforestation Projects have a mission to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers, empowering them as agents of global forest restoration. By hiring local communities to grow, plant, and guard native forests, they address extreme poverty, provide consistent income, and restore the environment. Workers receive fair wages, government-mandated benefits, and opportunities for personal and community development.
Our Shared Journey
Our tree planting initiative is not just about planting trees; it's about creating a sustainable, long-lasting impact on the environment and the communities that depend on it. We believe in transparency, accountability, and responsible reforestation practices. Every tree planted brings us one step closer to a healthier planet and a brighter future.
Thank you for joining us on this journey to make a positive change—one tree at a time. Together, we can make a world of difference.