Five ways to save a tree in 2020

From a carbon-neutral gym to ethical trainers, tables and T-shirts

Saye has partnered with NGO WeForest to plant two trees for every pair of shoes sold
Saye has partnered with NGO WeForest to plant two trees for every pair of shoes sold

Saye

Since its inception in 2018, Saye has had one goal: to make its classic-style trainers a “vehicle for change”. It uses only organic or recycled materials from suppliers who pay workers a fair wage, and has partnered with NGO WeForest to plant two trees for every pair of shoes sold. Thus far this has added up to over 45,000 trees in Zambia, the Amazon and Indiasayebrand.com

Rumble Gym will plant a tree for every follow it receives on Instagram
Rumble Gym will plant a tree for every follow it receives on Instagram
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Rumble Gym

Dalston-based Rumble Gym is London’s first carbon-neutral gym. Fresh from its launch in mid-December, the studio offers pay-as-you-go classes, memberships and personal training. For each session booked – be it boxing, HIIT, climbing or yoga – Rumble Gym will plant a tree in a bid to offset its carbon footprint. Aware that even the simplest of actions can generate CO2, the gym has also committed to planting a tree for every follow it receives on Instagramrumble-gym.com

The Cheeky Panda

While on holiday in southeast Asia, Chris Forbes and Julie Chen found out about the region’s large supply of unutilised bamboo. The discovery led them to launch The Cheeky Panda, a line of tissue products made from 100 per cent FSC-certified virgin bamboo. Forbes and Chen have eliminated the use of chemicals found in regular paper products, and save a tree for every 630 rolls sold. Better yet, they’ve also taken on wet wipes – 23,000 of which were removed from the Thames during a two-hour clean-up last April – by creating a bamboo alternative that can break down in less than five weeks. thecheekypanda.co.uk 

Every 630 rolls sold by The Cheeky Panda save a tree, and its bamboo wipes can biodegrade in less than five weeks
Every 630 rolls sold by The Cheeky Panda save a tree, and its bamboo wipes can biodegrade in less than five weeks
Goldfinch planted a tree for each piece of furniture it made in 2019
Goldfinch planted a tree for each piece of furniture it made in 2019

Goldfinch

In 2019, Bermondsey-based furniture maker Goldfinch planted 210 trees – one for each piece of furniture it crafted. Planting a tree is the last step in its sustainable model, which begins with sourcing already fallen or ethically felled trees or purchasing timber from Grown in Britain, an organisation committed to increasing the amount of managed woodland across the UK. goldfinchfurniture.co.uk

Pangaia will use $1 from every item of clothing sold to plant a mangrove tree on Indonesia’s Biak island
Pangaia will use $1 from every item of clothing sold to plant a mangrove tree on Indonesia’s Biak island
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Pangaia 

Ethical clothing brand Pangaia creates sporty-chic basics – from recycled cotton hoodies to flower-filled down jackets – and has recently turned its attention to blue carbon, the CO2 captured by coastal ecosystems. In collaboration with SeaTrees, a platform geared towards preventing climate change by protecting ocean health, the brand will use $1 from every item of clothing sold to plant a mangrove tree on Indonesia’s Biak island. Each tree can sequester up to one tonne of carbon in the sediment below, protecting the atmosphere and ocean for as long as a millennium. thepangaia.com

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