Why do you plant trees instead of doing something else?
Simply put, trees are the superheros of planet Earth. While their environmental positives are well known, they also help to support countless species of plant and animal life in some of the planet's most diverse ecosystems.
Tragically, roughly half of the Earth's trees have disappeared in the past 100 years resulting in worldwide devastation, desertification, flooding, and land loss.
Most people are aware that planting trees is an excellent way to support the environment. In fact, they are the most efficient consumers of carbon dioxide on the planet.
Each and every year, one acre of trees absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide from the environment.
Furthermore, they help to fight against climate change, reignite natural water cycles, mitigate the spread of deserts, and revitalize "unusable" areas into fertile farmlands and woods.
However, planting trees also goes much further--it helps to raise the quality of life of Earth's people significantly, especially in less developed areas. By producing nutritious, fresh forest goods they support local economies and the health of the people who live in them.
Instead of being forced to migrate for food and livable conditions, local men and women are able to find dependable and enjoyable income that provides livable wages from the economic actives created from planting trees. This allows these parents to send their children to school, buy medicine and other crucial health supplies, build shelters, and rise from extreme poverty.
Furthermore, trees provide life and a stable ecosystem for countless species--many of which are now endangered due to rampant deforestation. They also contribute geologically, helping to stabilize coastlines and mountainsides.
By planting trees you do many, many things:
Trees truly are superheros. To learn about even more reasons, view the benefits of planting trees.
What is the negative carbon impact of each person annually?
In most developed countries, the average person creates 10-20 tons of carbon dioxide each year. That means each year, it takes 4-8 acres of trees to offset the carbon pollution from a single person in a developed country. That is a total of 400 to 4,000 trees needed.
Including all countries in the world, the current average is 5 tons of carbon dioxide produced each year per person. Even at this smaller number, it takes 2 acres or 300 to 1,000 trees to offset the pollution of each person on earth...each year.
Helping to do your part by offsetting your personal pollution truly makes a difference.
Where do you plant trees?
We have a dedicated article explaining just this. Click here to read more on where we plant trees.
How many trees has 8 Billion Trees helped to plant?
Since launching last November, 8 Billion Trees has planted over 199,267 trees and has conserved over 83,000 acres of biodiverse Amazonian rainforest.
How can I be sure the trees won't be cut down?
A truly-effective tree-planting operation relies on educating the local community directly, and teaching them that conserving the forest is not only beneficial for the environment and habitats--it is beneficial for them as well.
This is because in many cases, the true cause of deforestation revolves around economic issues and poverty. Locals around the world illegally destroy forests as a way of survival. But through showing them innovative ways to plant, we can educate them on how to plant trees that will provide produce and resources for them, while conserving existing forests.
In this way, we are able to treat the cause of deforestation and not just the symptoms. It also makes sure that trees being planted aren't cut down and provide a long-lasting impact on the environment.
Additionally, some of the trees are specifically designed to be trimmed periodically to provide sustainable tree products. These are species that are planted with the intent to coppice--trim and cut back occasionally to spur more growth.
The trees we plant with your support are not only permanent. They are constantly growing and expanding and help provide sustainable resources year after year that will stop deforestation at its roots.
How do I know the trees are actually getting planted?
Making sure our trees are being planted is our number one priority. Because of this, there are several steps we take. Our partners have photo stations along planting sites and utilize GPS coordinate tagging when taking pictures. This allows us to see--very literally--the precise location where the trees are being planted.
Furthermore, 8 Billion Trees asks for pictures and videos of the planting sites on a regular basis to check up on the work of our partners.
What happens after the trees have been planted?
They flourish and grow!
We don't simply plant the trees and hope for the best. A large part of our process is helping to educate farmers and growers on proper reforestation so they are equipped with not only the "how" but the "why" as well.
This includes teaching them what should and shouldn't be done, what can be cut down and what can't, how to care for the trees on an ongoing basis, and how to care for the environment at the same time.
The entire tree-planting process helps to create a sense of stewardship, responsibility, and ownership in the growers. Instilling this deep pride in the tree growers helps to ensure trees become an integral part of the local environment.
Lastly, reforestation sites are concurrently checked on to make sure there's no funny business going on.
How soon after my purchase are the trees planted?
We guarantee that your trees will be planted within 180 days of your purchase. It often occurs much sooner than this, however.
The precise time of when trees are planted depends on several factors including local climates and weather cycles. We focus our planting efforts in Earth's hotspots where severe deforestation is causing irreversible damage. Sometimes there is a delay as we wait for the growing season in these locations.
What happens to the trees if I cancel my purchase or ask for a refund?
As a social enterprise we are committed to making our dream a reality. For every canceled order or refund we pledge to cover the cost of the trees and make sure they are planted regardless.
How long does it take for trees to grow to their full size?
The time required for a tree to reach maturity depends on several factors, some of which include the species type and where the tree is planted.
Do you plant only native species?
The issue of planting invasive species is one we take very seriously. By using only species that are native to a given area, many of these issues can be avoided.
One very important way we do this is by only using seeds from local plants--not ordering them from somewhere else. This maintains the native species' integrity and prevents us from making a negative environmental impact.
Additionally, sometimes a species of tree may be selected for its fast growth potential or shade coverage--such as banana trees--which then paves the way for more species to be planted. In this way, we can help to restore the natural biodiversity of the land and encourage the growth of a wide range of different flora.
Can you plant trees in my area?
No. Unfortunately we cannot provide trees to individuals for planting due to fulfillment and customs boundaries.
There are many different factors we use when determining where to plant, including the weather, local climate cycle, tree availability by species type, local need, and hotspot classification. We make these decisions with the help of the many groups and charities we partner with.
Can I pick which country you plant the trees in?
At the time being we do not have the ability to allow supporters to choose the precise location of where their trees will be planted. Where we plant is determined by where we can have the largest impact. You can learn more about where we plant trees by clicking here.
How much does it cost to plant each tree?
The price of trees are extremely variable and depend on a large number of factors, from the species type, to the location of planting, to logistics and handling costs. While trees can provide valuable products and resources like fruits and building materials, many of the trees we plant directly support locals and their families.
The value of a fully mature tree ranges between $1,000 to $10,000. That means for every subscriber or purchase, over the long term we are able to make a significant impact worth billions of dollars to the environment.
Furthermore, in 50 years one tree:
Can you support my tree planting group or charity?
We are always looking for new ways to get involved with and support the planting of trees!
Please reach out to us from our contact page.
Where are you located?
Our headquarters is in southern Nevada where we operate 5 days a week throughout all seasons of the year.
Can you tell me more about your organization?
Absolutely! Please visit our about page.
When was 8 Billion Trees started?
8 Billion Trees was founded by Mike and Jon on November 10th, 2018 when they put forth their own money to begin making the dream of 8 billion trees a reality. Since then, over 199,267 trees have already been planted.
Who do you partner with?
A full list of the groups and charities we currently support can be seen here.
Are you a charity?
8 Billion Trees is defined as a social enterprise, not a charity.
What does this mean? Simply put, all revenue and profit is reinvested and used to further the company's mission of planting 8 billion trees around the globe.
We sponsor multiple groups that are committed to conservation efforts. By focusing on what we do best--spreading awareness on the issues--we are able to empower these groups around the world to go above and beyond.
While these groups are largely underfunded, they do amazing work--and that's where we come in to make sure they have everything they need and more to get the job done.
All proceeds from sales and subscriptions are used to fund all aspects of 8 Billion Trees: spreading awareness through marketing, paying our employees liveable wages, providing employment to thousands below the poverty line who help us to plant, and of course planting trees!
And unlike a strictly for-profit company, our social mission of planting 8 billion trees is our main priority. In addition to large personal donations from co-founders Mike and Jon, we reinvest profits back into the furthering the company's mission.
Please click here to learn more about the amazing groups and charities we partner with and support them with your donations directly.
Interested to learn more on why we aren't a charity? We've created an entire article explaining more.
Why don't you just plant trees and not sell anything?
We love the idea of just planting trees without selling clothing items, but that model simply isn't sustainable. Planting billions of trees requires a lot of money, from the actual trees and hiring farmers to spreading awareness through large marketing efforts. As a social enterprise, we needed to find a way to help offset the large costs of maintaining a global tree planting operation.
And if we do say...we think our products are pretty awesome!
We had very in-depth discussions for weeks about launching as a charity instead, but found that we could grow more efficiently and make a much larger impact by becoming a social enterprise. And with Earth facing a deforestation crisis like its never before seen, time is one thing we are short on.
Can I volunteer to help plant trees?
While we do not currently have any volunteer events on the calendar, we are planning a full schedule for 2019 and beyond. As a new company we are always looking to make a greater impact, so there's always room for new ideas and improvements.
In some tree planting locations it is important to give locals the opportunity for employment that includes upper middle class livable wages and other benefits. Employing locals also allows us to plant more efficiently where travel and distance would otherwise become obstacles.
The best way to help our mission is to spread the word and tell everyone that you can about 8 billion trees and our dream to plant 8,000,000,000 trees around the globe!
We are also considering planning trips where supporters will have the opportunity to travel with our team to locations all around the world where trees are being planted. If this is something you think we should make happen, please contact us and let us know!
What if I have more questions?
We would love to hear from you! Please use our contact form to reach us.