WHAT IS TREEMAKER?
Treemaker is a pledge programme for furniture makers, carpenters and builders to donate 1% of every job to a tree planting or tree protection not-for-profit of their choice.
This initiative, founded by Melbourne-based Sawdust Bureau and inspired by the Greta Thunberg-led 2019 Global Climate Strikes, is not about wearing an 'eco-warrior' badge of honour to make your business stand out as a point of difference, instead we believe this should be the bare minimum standard by which we all operate our businesses.
Whatever your own perspective on climate change, there is no debating that the world is losing forests, biodiversity and experiencing mass extinctions at unprecedented rates. Governments around the world are currently planting millions, billions, or, in some cases, trillions of trees to offset the impacts of climate change.
These positive intentions may turn out to be slightly misguided as a large percentage of the reforestation is in the form of mono-culture plantation forestry. While plantation timber is an important source of lumber for the construction industry, we need to look beyond single-species replanting and instead encourage a bio-diverse range of not-for-profits who focus on:
- planting suitable native species which will improve biodiversity and provide an improved habitat for wildlife and insects.
- reducing the effects of soil erosion and stabilising water run-off.
- supporting small-scale, community driven planting programmes.
- recognising that it is not just about large forests; think mangrove regeneration, wildflower planting etc...
WHERE TO DONATE MY 1%?
The list below is our resource guide of potential donation programmes. It is by no means exhaustive and if you would like your not-for-profit added to the list, email us at or drop us a message here.
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They specialise in biodiverse conservation plantings using trees and shrubs that are native to the region which sequester carbon, help reduce soil salinity, help combat wind and water erosion, enhance biodiversity and restore habitat for native animals.
AU$2.75 per tree + GST.
FOUNDATION FOR PARKS AND WILDLIFE Registered Charity
Support on-ground projects to plant native trees, rehabilitate bushland, and restore habitat for threatened wildlife.
AU$10 per Eucalyptus
TRILLION TREES Not-for-profit
Based in Western Australia and founded in 1979, they have planted more than 15 million native trees and understory to improve biodiversity, combat salinity and soil erosion.
AU$3.75 per tree
GREEN FLEET Not-for-profit
Greenfleet plant native, biodiverse forests to offset carbon emissions on behalf of individuals and businesses and help fight the impacts of climate change. Since 1997, they have planted more than 9.2 million native trees across 500 biodiverse forests in Australia and New Zealand.
AU$4.50 per tree
TANES TREES Not-for-profit
A non-profit Charitable Trust focused on encouraging the use of New Zealand indigenous tree species for biodiversity, landscape enhancement, cultural benefits, and providing the option for sustainable production of high-quality timber and other resources.
TREES THAT COUNT Not-for-profit
Planted more than 30 million native trees across NZ since 2016 which will absorb over 3 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
NZ $10 per tree
ONE TREE PLANTED Not-for-profit
Through partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. State Forest and Conservation District, they are able to plant trees in many regions across the United States, including California, Colorado, Florida and Oregon.
US $1 per tree
NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION Government Agency
The nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, they work to promote the health and public enjoyment of America's 193-million-acre National Forest System.
US $1 per tree
AMERICAN FORESTS Not-for-profit
American Forests has been restoring forests for more than 140 years. And, while we may be the oldest national conservation organization, our work today is more important than ever. Since 1990 alone, we have planted nearly 60 million trees in forest restoration projects in all 50 states.
Minimum $25 donations
FORESTS ONTARIO Registered Charity
Through extensive partnerships and our diverse planting programs, they are working each day to increase forest cover, restore forests impacted by natural occurrences and improve forest conditions in Ontario and across Canada.
TREES FOR LIFE Not-for-profit
Focused on revegetating the Scottish Caledonian Forest, by planting a variety of 30 different native species. This rich habitat will support wildlife such as red squirrel, black grouse, capercaillie, pine marten and golden eagle. They have established 44 tree planting sites and planted nearly two million trees.
TREE COUNCIL Registered Charity
The Tree Council (founded in 1973) focuses on getting more trees, of the right kind, in the right places; better care for all trees of all ages and inspiring effective action for trees.
£4 = 600 birch seeds
WOODLAND TRUST Registered Charity
The moto of the Trust is "Plant. Protect. Restore." - Since 1999 they have planted more than 43 million trees across the UK and saved more than 1,000 ancient woods from housing, road building and quarries.
TREES ON THE LAND Charity
They plant exclusively, native Irish trees. The most common species we plant are downy birch, common alder, oak (sessile & pedunculate), Scots pine, hazel, rowan, crab apple, hawthorn & blackthorn. They provide simple schemes for landowners to access quality native tree mixes each season and work with farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges and many other landowners to coordinate sites to accommodate trees.
€1 / £1 covers the cost of planting at least one tree.
REST OF THE WORLD
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY Charity
Operates in 50 US states and 72 countries around the world. They operate through a combination of conservation, lobbying government and working with private companies to develop improved sustainability practices.
RAINFOREST TRUST Charity
Focuses on purchasing and protecting endangered rainforests throughout Southern & Central America, Africa and Asia. To date they have ensured the protection of almost 30 million acres of rainforest.
TREE SISTERS Charity
A movement aimed at empowering females to tackle climate change. They plant trees to restore ecosystems and livelihoods whilst increasing protection against the extremes of climate change in multiple regions of the tropical forest belt. They do this in ways that recreate and restore natural forest ecosystems using indigenous species, fostering local knowledge and skills, and promoting women's participation.
US$13 = 33 trees
TREES FOR THE FUTURE Charity
Trees for the Future was incorporated as a public charity in 1989 and have planted over 115 million trees. They are currently working with over 3,000 farming families across six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus is on the implementation of Forest Garden Programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Guinea and Tanzania,
TROPICAL RESEARCH & CONSERVATION CENTRE NGO
Tropical Research and Conservation Centre' (TRCC) are and NGO founded in 2001 and operate a project for the restoration of degraded portions of the Niger Delta mangroves located in the Atlantic coast of Southern Nigeria. They focus on sustainable agriculture, environmental resources conservation, community health and indigenous resources preservation.
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