It’s a Fact, You Planted a Tree

Here is a Wooden Wick fact we can all get excited about: For every $100 our customers spend on our products, we plant a tree through Trees for the Future. By partnering with us, you help give families the ability to transition from destructive farming techniques to a Forest Garden System that sustains and empowers them. Planting trees through Trees for the Future is changing people’s lives forever. 

If you are like us, you might be thinking, “How nice, we can help make the world a little greener.” While that is true, planting trees does make the world a little bit greener, what we did not realize at first glance was the true significance of what this simple gesture can help accomplish. Planting trees through Trees for the Future is changing people’s lives forever.

Trees for the Future currently has 14 projects underway in five countries. Through their Forest Garden Program, planting specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner, families are provided with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and up to a 500% increase in their annual income.

When you plant trees through Trees for the Future:

  • You create educational opportunities for children.
  • You empower women.
  • You build strong communities.
  • You permanently increase the income of poor farmers.
  • You help families to feed themselves.
  • You provide permanent and seasonal employment.
  • You provide fuel wood so villagers don’t need to cut down trees.
  • You create fodder to feed livestock.
  • You give the world a way to end the battle between farms and forests to revitalize and improve soil quality.
  • You reverse environmental degradation, restore biodiversity and remove megatons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
  • You change people’s lives for the better. Forever.

We invite you to watch 50 Million Trees and Counting. This video highlights the work of Dave Deppner and Trees for the Future. Communities around the world turn to Trees for the Future for technical knowledge and planting materials so that they can bring degraded lands and struggling farmlands back to sustainable productivity. 

Since 1988, Trees for the Future has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 80 million trees in agroforestry and reforestation projects.

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE WOODEN WICK CO

Sustainability is a common and very important thread that runs through the core of Wooden Wick Co.

This is what drives our motivation to create wooden candle wicks that are less harmful than cotton wicks to as many people as possible. All wood used to make our candle wicks is sustainably farmed and sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified mills. 

Cotton as a crop may produce a product that is biodegradable and inexpensive to purchase, but the facts around its environmental impact are hard to read.

According to the WWF and EPA, despite only 2.4% of the world’s crop land being planted with cotton, it accounts for 24% of global insecticide and 11% of pesticide sales. Seven out of the 15 most carcinogenic chemicals known to man are used to grow cotton. 

This high use of pesticides is very harmful to our air, water and soil, and has a severe impact on ecosystems, causing irreversible damage to plants and animals. Beneficial insects in and around the cotton fields can be killed and other animals eating these insects end up poisoned.

For those of you candle makers looking to make a positive impact on the Earth by using sustainable and natural ingredients in your candles, wooden wicks may be just the right product for you. 

If you’d like to learn more about Trees for the Future, chec out their site here.

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