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12 businesses that plant trees

We all know trees are a hugely important part of our ecosystem – in fact, Smiley News has written about their benefits several times.

That’s why we’re taking a moment to highlight some businesses that share that same value system. All of the businesses on this list have a system to plant trees so that you can be sure your money is going towards something good.

THE ALCHEMIST.

Masters of mixology, The Alchemist, are giving back in so many ways it’s hard to keep track – including by planting trees.

So far they have planted 269,253 trees using a 25p donation for every Marmalde Spritz cocktail sold – and all that on top of being a carbon neutral company!

GO FOR GREEN UK.

Go For Green UK is a business centred around finding greener ways to do things for the hospitality industry. Their motto is “there’s usually a green way, let’s find it together.”

They are indexed to the non-profit Eden Reforestation Project. For every order received, they plant a tree to offset the carbon emissions involved in processing and delivering the order. As this article is written, they are up to 7536.

ETHICAL SCHOOLWEAR.

Ethical Schoolwear is an online shop, offering plain and embroidered school uniforms, and only sells items that have been produced by B Corp-certified suppliers, which is pretty cool. They have pledged to plant a tree for each sale – and, even better, the trees can be named by the customers.

They are hoping to create more ‘nature highways’ by planting trees and hedgerows, to help give back to our planet.

ECOSEND.

EcoSend are a climate conscious eco-marketing platform. It’s a little known fact that sending emails generates carbon – by processing, sending, receiving, and storing contents. Eco Send is on a mission to change that, by planting trees for every month that a user is subscribe to their system.

TREEDOM.

This one is a little different – but still great! Treedom allows you to buy a tree to be planted somewhere else in at the touch of the button. Treedom shows you the type of tree, its carbon impact, and even its social impact so you can choose the right tree for you!

Through Treedom, over 3.5 million trees have been planted worldwide. With over 217,000 farmers in the community who benefit directly from the projects, trees can provide more than just carbon reduction.

CIRCULAR COMPUTING.

Circular Computing is an IT company with a difference – they are all about sustainability! Rooted in the circular economy they e-manufacture IT equipment to prevent e-waste and plant 5 trees for every laptop sold. That’s a pretty amazing number.

Plus, 99% of the materials they use are re-used meaning the growing problem of e-waste is addressed.

Plus, they’re a Carbon Neutral Plus certified company, with a huge number of other sustainability initiatives – so you can be your best techy self, without sacrificing the planet at the same time.

NOT JUST TRAVEL.

Not Just Travel’s homeworking travel consultants are engaged in the company’s Climate Heroes project, which has partnered with rewilding specialists Mossy Earth to become one of their biggest corporate partners. Together, they are helping to reforest both the Scottish Highlands and marine forests off Portugal’s coast.

So far, over 25,000 trees have been planted thanks to this partnership.

AARABHI LONDON.

Aarabhi London, founded by Aarabhi Sivaraman, is an embroidered fashion brand that not only brings beautiful pieces to life but also plants one tree for every order.

In the interest of sustainability, Aarabhi London only has two small, carefully curated collections designed each year, and manufactured by hand by artisans in Delhi. They have also partnered with global non-profit organisation, One Tree Planted. So for every order placed, it means another tree planted.

TWIG.

A debit card that gives back, Twig is one for those who spend a lot – and want to do it in the name of the planet.

For those using the Twig app, you can log in to Twig, name your virtual forest and get planting. For every tree planted in the app, Twig plants one for you in some of the most threatened natural ecosystems on our planet. 

To get started, Twig gifts one tree to every user who newly registers to the app and plants three trees for every item cashout that Twig users complete. Users create their own virtual forests and trees are planted in Haiti or Uganda. 

ETHOSA.

Ethosa is a sustainable waterless personal care brand on a mission to reinvent the shower category with products in powder format that are reactivated at home with tap water. It’s a pretty amazing premise – and it’s even more amazing for the planet.

And now, Ethosa plants one tree for every order – we love it.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

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Two endangered wolf pups born at North Carolina Zoo

As climate change, habitat loss and pollution worsen, we’re seeing more and more plants and animals lost to history. According to researchers, we are amid the sixth mass extinction event in the history of the Earth. 

So it’s good news to hear that the critically endangered red wolf just had a spark of hope as two pups were born at North Carolina Zoo.

According to the Federal Wildlife Service, there are an estimated 23-25 red wolves left in the wild, and only around 280 in captivity. 

“We are thrilled to announce that we have had not one but TWO litters of critically endangered red wolf pups born at the North Carolina Zoo!” zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo wrote. 

The Federal Wildlife Service is making a concerted effort to protect the red wolf, providing $771,000 in grants for the construction of additional red wolf enclosures. To date, 30 new enclosures have been built or funded.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Beacon Food Forest. This is one of the largest food forests in the country. Find out more and support them here


Cultural Survival. They are an indigenous-led nonprofit focused on empowering indigenous Americans and helping the planet. Find out more.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.

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Biden announces plans to curb emissions

In another step towards cutting pollution levels and fighting climate change, the Biden administration has announced fresh plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the US power industry. This is one of the biggest steps the US has taken in the climate fight so far. 

The proposal features plans to limit how much carbon dioxide power plants can release into the atmosphere. 

Power plants produce over a quarter of the country’s emissions. The new regulations would put the industry on a years-long course to install billions of dollars of new equipment or shut down.

The plans come with a push from the government for power companies to install carbon capture and storage equipment (CCS) to siphon the CO2 from a plant’s smokestack before it reaches the atmosphere, or use super-low-emissions hydrogen as a fuel.

“Today we’re proposing new technology standards that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power plants, protecting health and protecting our planet,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said. 

The Environmental Protection Agency projects the plan would cut carbon emissions from coal plants and new gas plants by 617 million tonnes between 2028 and 2042, the equivalent of reducing the annual emissions of 137 million passenger vehicles.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Beacon Food Forest. This is one of the largest food forests in the country. Find out more and support them here

Cultural Survival. They are an indigenous-led nonprofit focused on empowering indigenous Americans and helping the planet. Find out more

American Forests. A conservation organization focused on preserving and protecting American forests. Support them here

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

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Hairdresser runs innovative composting business

As pollutants become more prevalent in soil and water, initiatives are cropping up to restore our natural environment in innovative ways. One woman is making that difference with a surprising and widely available material – human hair.

Jackie Yong is a trained hairdresser who has always had a passion for hair. But this interest developed into a fascination after she learnt about the benefits of hair for the environment.

Jackie knew that hair captures moisture and contains important nutrients, so she decided to experiment with hair-infused soil to see if these benefits could have further use. This led her to set up a new business, Soilz Alive, which uses waste hair to nourish depleted soil. 

There are multiple positives of her work; composting hair keeps it out of landfill sites, the nitrogen content in each strand boosts soil health, and studies have shown that human hair acts as a fertilizer for plants.

A study from the American Society for Horticultural Science showed that human hair, combined with compost, offers a powerful nutrient source for crops. 

“Hair is bountiful and nourishing,” they write on their website. “It’s a resource, not something to throw away. This is the circular economy we can and must embrace. This is how we change our social systems. And our food system.”

Beyond its work composting hair, Soilz Alive also produces a range of products from waste hair salon materials.

“We turn shampoo bottles into sunglasses and coasters and combs,” said co-founder Paul Frasca.

So far, it has collected 62,247kg of hair from salon floors and diverted it from landfill.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Beacon Food Forest. This is one of the largest food forests in the country. Find out more and support them here

Cultural Survival. They are an indigenous-led nonprofit focused on empowering indigenous Americans and helping the planet. Find out more
American Forests. A conservation organization focused on preserving and protecting American forests. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

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Sweet company raises thousands for charity

A UK-based confectionary company are partnering with Rewilding Britain.

Tell me more.

This wonderful small business made sure to give back on Earth Day 2023 by selling a limited edition shortbread in its six shops. 

Fudge Kitchen asked its customers to pay an amount of their choice per fudge slice, with 100% of proceeds going to UK wildlife through Rewilding Britain.

How much did they raise?

Fudge Kitchen have just tallied up the total to discover that they raised £1400 this Earth Day from their fudge slice sales – which is pretty amazing! In the past, they have raised over £15,600 for charities around the world. 

Well done, Fudge Kitchen!

If you want to support Fudge Kitchen through their next charity fundraising endeavours, and get some yummy snacks while you’re at it, you can do so on their website. If you want to help Rewilding Britain directly, you can do so on their website.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Rewilding Britain. They aim to tackle the climate emergency and extinction crisis, reconnect people with the natural world and help communities thrive. Find out more here.

The Woodland Trust. This is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage. Support them here.

Climate Reframe. Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

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UN holds summit to protect forests

Forests are essential for life on Earth in many different ways, serving as the lungs of the planet, homes for most species, and even as lumber for our homes and construction. According to the UN, forests cover 31% of the Earth’s land, contain over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, and store more carbon than the entire atmosphere.

This week they’ve convened for the United Nations Forum on Forestry to discuss ways to protect this important ecosystem.

 “Forests are one of Earth’s most valuable ecosystems,” said Li Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for UN Economic and Social Affairs, at the opening session of the forum. “They also form a vital social and safety net for some communities that rely on forests for food and income.”

Over 1.6 billion people directly rely on forests for their existence. That figure doesn’t take into account all the indirect benefits of forests, such as medicine.

“Forests offer solutions,” Forum Chair Zéphyrin Maniratanga said, highlighting how forests can be useful for preventing desertification, land degradation, and climate change.

The problem is how much forested land we’re losing each year – enough to cover the entire Republic of Korea. This summit hopes to mitigate this tragic loss.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Beacon Food Forest. This is one of the largest food forests in the country. Find out more and support them here

Cultural Survival. They are an indigenous-led nonprofit focused on empowering indigenous Americans and helping the planet. Find out more

American Forests. A conservation organization focused on preserving and protecting American forests. Support them here

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

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Lush opens new ‘Green Hub’

Cosmetics company Lush has created a in-house recycling centre – a first of its kind for the industry.

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The Green Hub is part of Lush’s commitment to finding solutions to materials that are usually considered waste.

The overall aim is to make Lush’s business even greener than it has been so far and to find ways to reuse, repurpose, repair and recycle all items that would otherwise go to waste.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Every Can Counts. This is a not-for-profit recycling programme, encouraging people to recycle more often, to protect our planet. Support them here.

The Climate Coalition. This is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Find out more and support them here.

Climate Reframe.  Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

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Three newborns signal hope for macaques

A trio of baby macaques has been born as part of a conservation programme.

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Barbary macaques are the only species of monkey native to Europe. There are now fewer than 8,000 left in the wild, so conservation efforts are being made to remedy that.

Amazingly, a trio of babies were born recently at Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire, where conservation efforts are being made to protect these wonderful creatures.

Amazing! What does this mean?

Conservationists are ‘over the moon’ at this new development and hope that these babies will go on to make a huge difference for this incredible species.

If you’re interested in supporting these adorable babies, you can learn more about them and conservation efforts to protect them on the Trentham Monkey Forest website.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Wild Futures. This is a UK primate welfare and conservation charity rescuing, campaigning, educating and providing sanctuary to primates in need. Learn more here.

Monkey World. This is a charity and rescue centre, working towards protecting primates of all kinds. Find out more here.

Ape Action Africa. This charity works on the front line of conservation, saving primates from the illegal bushmeat and pet trades. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.

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First Nations people take historic action for marine life

The Indigenous people of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais have taken matters into their own hands and declared their waters a Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Amazing! Tell me more.

Tired of waiting for governments to act, the First Nations people unilaterally declared the opening of the new Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) MPA. 

While MPAs are usually organised by federal governments, Kitasu Bay is the first to be declared under Indigenous Law.

What does this mean?

The MPA means that there will be no commercial or sport fishing in the area, and that marine life will be closely monitored, in an attempt to help marine populations grow. 

This is a huge step forward for marine protection, and sets an amazing precedent for other Indigenous and First Nations people.

If you want to learn more about the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people, you can do so on their website.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Raven Trust. This is a charity that works closely with First Nations communities to protect their rights and their people. Find out more here.

The Canal & Rivers Trust. The Rivers Trust is made up of conservation experts who work to create wild, healthy, natural rivers. Support them here.

Climate Reframe.  Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life Below Water.

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Broward School buses gain electric fleet

Ways to fight pollution and climate change can emerge from anywhere, for instance, most recently in a new fleet of electric school buses. 

The big yellow school buses are going green in Broward County, Florida, with electric school buses soon to take to the streets. Buses help transport about 54,000 students a day in Broward, who will benefit from this green alternative. 

“When these electric buses hit Broward County roads in the 2023/24 school year, our district will be operating the largest fleet of electric buses in the state and, most significantly, taking an important step toward providing a healthier environment for all of us,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Earlean Smiley in a statement. “This great accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Power & Light Company.”

The school district will be adding 60 electric buses to their fleet thanks to a $14.8 million grant from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The new fleet will be made up of 72-passenger vehicles – the same capacity as their gas-powered counterparts.

The district also installed charging stations at bus terminals to make sure that the buses stay fully charged. 

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Beacon Food Forest. This is one of the largest food forests in the country. Find out more and support them here

Cultural Survival. They are an indigenous-led nonprofit focused on empowering indigenous Americans and helping the planet. Find out more
American Forests. A conservation organization focused on preserving and protecting American forests. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.