Buy A Tee We Plant A Tree [download PDF]
'Buy A Tee We Plant A Tree' is a Me to We Style initiative in partnership with Free the Children that began October, 2009. Through this exciting program, Free the Children has agreed to plant a tree for every item that Me to We Style sells (with the exception of scarves).
Each tree is planted in the school within the Maasai Mara region in Kenya, as part of Free the Children’s sustainable development model “Adopt a Village”. The Kenyan Adopt A Village communities have a growing tree nursery and are in need of reforestation. This tree-planting initiative is essential to support these agriculturally based economies, which are struggling due to erosion. This means that for every item you purchase, you will be directly contributing to planting a tree and taking one more step towards social and environmental sustainability.
Tree planting is part of the curriculum in all Free the Children schools and is the main focus of all environmental school clubs. Over 7,000 students will be planting trees as part of their formal education to learn to care for their environment. By educating students about preserving the environment and giving them an active role in tree planting, Free the Children and Me to We Style are empowering new generations to take ownership and care for their surroundings.
Me to We Style and Free the Children have planned carefully to ensure all stakeholders of this exciting program will only benefit from this initiative. Here are a few examples of some of the questions we have taken into consideration.
Me to We Style and Free the Children are proud of this initiatives success in helping to strengthen and enhance their commitment to environmental and social stewardship.
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- The land used for tree planting has been deemed unfit for agricultural purposes; therefore the planting of trees will not be replacing agricultural fields within the local communities.
- The types of trees planted are specific to the region in which they are planted in order to preserve local ecosystems.
- No pesticides are used when planting or growing the trees. Furthermore, to shelter seedlings from insects each seedling is protected by biodegradable milk cartons.
- The trees require limited water to survive under local conditions, as they are native to the region, and are planted to coincide with the Maasai Mara rainy season, which aids in their growth and survival. This means, the trees are not irrigated with water that would otherwise go to the communities.