One Tree at a Time
At Natrabliss, we have completely banned the use of boxes for packaging our soaps and oils. This was the first step we took to personally make a difference. Our products may be less fancy, but it is our mission to deliver results via the formulations themselves, while at the same time making little to no negative impact to our generous earth. The second step we've taken is embarking on this mission to help plant trees in our beautiful Amazon Rainforest, the "lungs of the earth". There are many ways to give to our rainforests and to our planet. Each one of us can make simple life changes and this alone makes a difference.
Our supplier of this wondrous oil processes the nuts in the Colombian Amazonia region to provide both edible and cosmetic products. We will always select vendors that are driven to make a difference. The supplier has a goal of reforesting approximately 12,300 acres of the Colombian Amazon lowlands with cacay trees. This adds purpose to our goals, as each product sold requires yet more trees to be planted! So always keep in mind, with any supplier or brand you buy from, that purchasing products with ingredients derived from the rainforests, this will trigger a high demand for tree-planting. That is your own contribution to the planet.
Did you know that we will plant a tree with each order processed online? We have partnered with One Tree Planted to ensure that trees are planted where they are needed the most. We particularly like to focus on areas where forest firest have devastated the land. We need these trees to breathe.
Important and relevant facts found on Rainforestmaker.org, retrieved October 09, 2021 (don't forget to check out their website for more info):
- Rainforests cover less than 2% of the Earth’s total surface area, yet they are home to 50% of the Earth’s plants and animals.
- Rainforests once covered 14% of the Earth’s land surface.
- Experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
- The United Nations estimates that over 100,000 acres of rainforests are destroyed each day.
- 34% of the world’s intact forests are in Latin America.
- 11 tropical Latin American countries have already destroyed all of their intact forests. They are: The Bahamas, Dominica, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica,
- Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia and Uruguay.
- There are two types of rainforest; temperate and tropical rainforests
- The world has lost 50% or 75 million acres of it’s temperate rainforest.
- Temperate forests are the most endangered forest type on the planet.
- British Columbia is home to a quarter of the world’s remaining ancient temperate rainforests
- 90% of the logging in British Columbia occurs in endangered forests
- Over 40% of the trees cut in British Columbia are used to produce paper.
- The oldest living thing on Earth is a bristolcone pine tree in Nevada. It is 4,700 years old!
RAINFOREST AND THE ENVIRONMENT
- Rainforests are the world’s thermostat because they regulate weather patterns and temperatures.
- The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen.
- The Amazon Basin contains 20% of the world’s fresh water.
RAINFOREST AND MEDICINES
- Out of the 3,000 plants the U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified as useful in the treatment of cancer, 70% of these plants are found only in rainforests.
- 25% of the ingredients contained in Western Pharmaceuticals are derived from the Rainforest.
- Less than one percent of the tropical rainforest species have actually been analyzed for their medicinal value.
- Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one of the world's most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.
RAINFOREST AND FOOD
- At least 80% of the developed world’s food originated in the tropical rainforest. Its bountiful gifts to the world include fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, guavas, pineapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including corn, potatoes, rice, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, tumeric, coffee and vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.
- At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these, only 200 are now in use in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.
- Rainforest plants are rich in secondary metabolites, particularly alkaloids. Biochemists believe alkaloids protect plants from disease and insect attacks. Many alkaloids from higher plants have proven to be of medicinal value and benefit.
RAINFOREST AND SPECIES
- A typical four square mile area of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies.
- Deforestation causes the loss of over 137 plant, animal and insect species per day. That is over 50,000 species per year
- At the current rate of tropical forest loss, 5-10 percent of tropical rainforest species will be lost per decade.
- There are more species of fish in the Amazon than in the Atlantic Ocean.
RAINFOREST AND VALUE
- Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.
But this is only part of the value……
- Experts agree that by leaving the rainforests intact and harvesting it's many nuts, fruits, oil-producing plants, and medicinal plants, the rainforest has more economic value than if they were cut down to make grazing land for cattle or for timber.
- The latest statistics show that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the land owner $60 per acre and if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre. However, if these renewable and sustainable resources are harvested, the land will yield the land owner $2,400 per acre.
- Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources could stop the destruction of the rainforests. By creating a new source of income harvesting the medicinal plants, fruits nuts, oil and other sustainable resources, the rainforests is be more valuable alive than cut and burned.
- Sufficient demand of sustainable and ecologically harvested rainforest products is necessary for preservation efforts to succeed. Purchasing sustainable rainforest products can effect positive change by creating a market for these products while supporting the native people's economy and provides the economic solution and alternative to cutting the forest just for the value of its timber.
World Population and Consumption
- It took almost all of human history – until the early 1800s – to reach a global population of 1 billion people on Earth, and today there are 6.5 billion of us! The population has grown more since 1950 than in the previous four million years! We are adding about 74 million people per year to the planet, and the United Nations predicts that we will reach approximately 9 billion people by mid-century.
- With just 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. consumes 25% of almost all global resources. Such a disproportionate "ecological footprint" means that a person born in the United States will have 280 times the environmental impact as a person born in Haiti.
- If the entire world consumed resources at the average consumption level of a citizen of the United States, we would need 4 Earths to support us all!
Trees and Carbon
- If every American family planted just one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually. This is almost 5% of the amount that human activity pumps into the atmosphere each year.
- Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
- A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.
- Each person in the U.S. generates approximately 2.3 tons of CO2 each year. A healthy tree stores about 13 pounds of carbon annually -- or 2.6 tons per acre each year. An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles. An estimate of carbon emitted per vehicle mile is between 0.88 lb. CO2/mi. – 1.06 lb. CO2/mi. (Nowak, 1993). Thus, a car driven 26,000 miles will emit between 22,880 lbs CO2 and 27,647 lbs. CO2."