How Does Unus munduS Plant All These Trees?
You might be wondering, are Anthony and Matt out there digging holes and planting all these trees themselves? That's a great question!
The short answer is no, we aren't planting all these trees ourselves. That would be very inefficient and we know our time is better spent leaving that to experts who can do it at scale while we continue making products you'll love that enable the planting of trees by those who need employment the most.
We've partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to do the planting and their mission is simple: "Plant Trees, Save Lives"
Eden is a 501c3 non profit organization that partners with businesses like Unus munduS to hire the poorest of the poor to reforest their native lands.
The reason we are big fans of Eden Reforestation is because their mission closely aligns with ours - they not only help the planet, but they also help those who are most in need of employment and give them dignified work.
This model shows how Eden Reforestation operates and the benefits that are produced. Not only are they helping the environment through carbon reduction by planting trees, there are side effects such as restored animal habitat, water tables rising, higher quality soil/better farming conditions and ultimately a better life for those who live in the area and are doing the initial planting.
Where are my Trees Getting Planted?
Our trees are planted by Eden in one of 3 countries: Kenya, Mozambique, or Madagascar. Our goal as the Unus munduS community grows is to establish our own designated planting sites within these countries and make visits to meet those doing the planting and help plant a few trees ourselves.
Kenya is an incredibly beautiful place from the creativity of the people to the diversity of its landscapes and wildlife. From the highlands to the coast, Kenya has an incredible diversity of forest types that have long-supported communities and wildlife. The cultural and ecological heritage of Kenya’s forests is vibrant and unique, but the management of them in recent decades has been unsustainable. Just 7% of Kenya is covered in forest today and 42% of the people in Kenya are living below the poverty line. They need our help!
Mozambique is located on the eastern coast of Africa with 68% of its population living in rural parts of the country. This Eastern African country is home to 20 globally threatened bird species, and over 200 endemic mammal species. With over 45% of the population living beneath the poverty line, the population relies heavily on its natural resources and forests for survival.
Historically home to vast mangrove estuaries and forests, Mozambique’s mangroves have been largely decimated and destroyed.
Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local communities and villagers to restore, replant and protect these precious forest systems.
Madagascar is more than just an island from an animated movie. It’s a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. But more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the Malagasy’s ability to farm and live on the land. Entire mangrove estuaries are gone, leaving the bare earth to wash away into the sea - we can help turn this around, 1 tree at a time!
Where Can I Learn More About Eden and Their Planting Efforts?
We recommend that you check out Eden's FAQ page to learn more about how they plant, the types of trees they plant, and how the reforested areas are taken care of long term.
As always, thank you for being part of the Unus munduS family. Please reach out to us on our Contact Us page if you have any questions, product suggestions, or ideas on how we can make the world a better place. We'd love to hear from you!