“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
The 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Rosevelt, is known to have expressed his love of forests, as illustrated in the above quote. If this nature-respecting statesman were alive today, how would he view what’s happening to our open spaces?
Our forests are challenged year round by deforestation, a term used to describe both natural and human-caused disturbances. Examples include: wildfires, insects, tree diseases, severe weather, as well as clearcutting.
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) plants trees on National Forests that have been deforested by natural disturbances.
Watch this amazing NFF video, titled 50 Million Trees For Our Forests, updated April 2018.
As part of the Buddha Teas mission to take from the earth no more than we need, as well as to give back when we can, we decided to integrate planting trees into our company objectives. Using recycled & recyclable materials in our packaging aligns with this goal. However, our unbleached teabags can’t be made from recycled materials, as they must be created from food grade paper. This is where our Tea for Trees campaign enters.
Our Tea for Trees campaign aims to restore the resources used in our products. We’ve partnered with The National Forest Foundation’s “Trees for US” program that helps plant thousands of trees each year. It’s our way of giving back to the beautiful earth we share.
Buddha Teas is pleased to share the NFF 2017 year-end planting report …
The National Forests where the NFF and the U.S. Forest Service completed work in 2017 include:
Coconino NF, Arizona – 68,000
Apache-Sitgreaves NF, Arizona – 136,000
Kaibab NF, Arizona – 90,000
Stanislaus NF, California – 80,876
Sierra NF, California – 120,000
Plumas NF, California – 50,000
Sequoia NF California – 20,000
Lassen NF, California – 219,298
Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre and Gunnison NF, Colorado – 85,000
Idaho Panhandle NF, Idaho – 3,000
Hiawatha NF, Michigan – 143,000
Chippewa NF, Minnesota – 235,803
Superior NF, Minnesota – 60,000
Flathead NF, Montana – 40,000
Helena-Lewis and Clark NF, Montana – 16,000
Ochoco NF, Oregon – 268,000
Angelina-Sabine NF, Texas – 197,860
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF, Utah – 22,400
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF Washington– 10,500
In FY (fiscal year) 2017, the NFF planted 946,000 trees on 12 different National Forests.
To-date, Buddha Teas has planted 10,000 trees on our National Forests. We are extremely proud to be part of this effort, and will continue to do so for many years to come. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who purchases our teas. With each cup, you help plant a tree.