Plant a Weleda forest - Weleda pledges to plant a million trees
In 2021 Weleda turns 100 and what better way to celebrate this remarkable milestone than to plant a Weleda forest in collaboration with the UK charity TreeSisters, with the aim of planting one million trees to combat climate change.
The Weleda vision is to plant a magnificent forest of trees. Not a single location but a forest of a million trees planted around the world where trees are needed most urgently - to reclaim endangered rainforest, prevent flooding or soil erosion, protect natural habitats, support local communities in some of the poorest countries in the world, and empower women in the workplace. The charity funds tropical reforestation projects globally with a focus on initiatives either run by women or supporting women around the world.
Trees are invaluable to Weleda wellbeing products: a source of precious ingredients - from birch leaf extract, leaf oil from silver fir needles, willow bark and horse chestnut bark extracts, myrrh resin extract, apricot and almond seed oil from organic orchards, lemon peel oil from Mediterranean citrus groves, nut oil from argan forests, the buttery goodness extracted from the nut of the Shea tree or coconut palm, to fruit from sloe berries or blossom extract from blackthorn trees.
Not forgetting the vital part that the forests play as homes for the tree hives in Ethiopia where Weleda sources its organic beeswax. Or the shelter and shade created by the myriad of trees and hedgerows in Weleda’s biodynamic herb gardens that provide refuge for pollinators and actively encourage a vibrant biodiversity at Weleda’s growing sites.
A different kind of Christmas tree
In 2020, we recognised that many of us would be looking for gifts that are ethically sourced, sustainable, with minimal packaging or waste, and ideally gifts that give back. Which is why we issued a collection of Christmas gifts in partnership with TreeSisters. Every gift purchased helped fund the planting of tropical trees, sequestering carbon and directly replenishing the worlds forests. In total, these ethical gifts ensured 47,255 trees will be planted.
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ABOUT TREESISTERS – WOMEN SEEDING CHANGE
“We exist to rebuild our relationship between people and nature. Our uniqueness as an environmental organisation is that we are combination of women’s work and empowerment and consciousness shift and measurable ecological restoration.
“When you give to TreeSisters you are growing forest corridors between the last remaining fragments of the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, restoring vital territories for some of our most endangered species. You are growing buffer zone community forests in Nepal to help protect the last 7% of what was once verdant Jhapa canopy forest, and restoring ancient cloud forest in one of the most biodiverse regions in Northeast India, while restoring soil fertility through agroforestry in the drought plagued South. In Madagascar you are helping men and women out of indentured slavery as they become foresters, restoring both the Mangrove forest that protects their coasts and rehabilitates fish stocks, and the inland forests that house some of the most endangered species of indigenous Lima. In Africa you are restoring rivers, streams and groundwater by reforesting the slopes of Mount Kenya that are so critical for agriculture. And you are growing a protective buffer of forest around the last 250 Cross River gorillas in Cameroon.
“Climate change is not a spectator sport – it’s time for all of us to get off the bench and start playing this game, to make a difference.”
Claire Dubois, Founder, TreeSisters