Trek Light Gear is founded on the idea of spreading happiness, doing good, and passing it on.
Whether it be a feeling or a gesture, a gift or an action, we believe the world is a better and more meaningful place when kindness comes first.
Over the years, we’ve worked with some incredible people and wonderful partners who help us in our mission to give back and spread some good in the world.
Today we're highlighting one of our favorite non-profits that does an exceptional job of creating more beauty and purpose in the world:
Trees for the Future
Trees For the Future is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 that has planted over 145 million trees in dozens of countries around the world.
Instead of planting trees just for the sake of rebuilding dense forests, they plant trees with very specific purposes to help our human population - when trees are strategically planted for food, shade, wind mitigation, etc. they have the power to change communities and impact not just the environment but our own wellbeing.
In their words:
“Planting trees provides families with more than just food. It provides income, empowerment, unity, leadership, education and even saves lives. When we can teach people to value themselves and their environment, they see amazing improvements in their standard of living.”
That’s something we support wholeheartedly.
If you’ve browsed our website or purchased an item from Trek Light Gear, you may have noticed our Give Back Program - when you buy any item on our site, we work with Trees For The Future to plant a tree on your behalf. When you buy a hammock, we even plant two trees!
Why did we decide to build our business around a 1-For-1 Giveback model like this?
Trees are essential to a healthy future.
They generate clean air, reduce pollution, and regulate temperature (among many, many, other things).
We believe in a giving economy.
The seeds we sow come to bear in myriad ways, and putting good energy and good work into the world will only ensure that our planet is a kinder, happier, healthier place.
Feel Good. Do Good. Pass It On!
Business Needs Balance.
No matter how hard you try, it's extremely difficult to run even a very small business like ours without impacting the environment.
By creating a 1-For-1 Give Back program we ensure that every sale, every day, creates a ripple effect of good back into the world.
If we're growing as a business, it's crucial that the amount of good we're sending back into the world is growing at the exact same pace.
Together with Trees for the Future, we’ve planted over 33,000 trees and counting!
Maggie Dodson is a creative writer living in New York City. An avid hiker and film buff, she spends most of her days sneaking wine into movie theaters and climbing mountains in the Hudson Valley with her husband and rescue dogs, Billie Holiday and Walnut.
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