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THE SKETCH LABS FOREST.

BECAUSE OUR ENVIRONMENT IS EVERYTHING.

We’re proud to be a new type of business with a triple bottom line – that means we balance profit with people and the planet. 

 

From your workspace to the world, we believe our environment is everything. That's why we plant trees in areas hit hard by deforestation on behalf of every company we work with.

Why plant trees?

With 18 million acres of forest lost each year, the devastation of deforestation can no longer be ignored. Working with ForestNation, we plant trees in areas hit hard by deforestation and industrial agriculture in developing countries. 

So far we've planted 2000 trees and counting 

in Tanzania. Not only do they absorb C02 and offset carbon emissions, but they create sustainable livelihoods.

 

Our hope is to stimulate local economies, develop leadership roles for women, and create a brighter outlook for future generations.

All trees are registered with the United Nation’s Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Plant for the Planet” Trillion Tree Campaign. 

Where we plant IN TANZANIA

  • Providing seedlings that mature and produce a regular harvest, yielding food and potential income.

  • Planting varieties that yield fruit, medicine and oil.

  • By cultivating 100 mature fruit-bearing trees, $700 of income will result for Tanzanian growers and yield 10 tons of oxygen per year.

  • Closing the inequality gap by contributing employment to 200 women year-round and up to 800 women seasonally.

We're starting our forest in the Eastern and Western Usambara Mountain Ranges of Tanzania, where heavy deforestation has ruined the livelihoods of many locals.

WE'RE HELPING LOCAL

COMMUNITIES BY:

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the native trees we plant are:

Fruit: 

Avocado, Peach, Loquat, Banana, Moringa, Olifera, Plum, and Orange.

Forest: 

Lavofia Caffra, Albizia Schimperiana, Croton Megalocapus, Makhamea Lutea, Pinus Patula, Cypress Lusitanica, Podocarpus Usambariansis, Leucaena, Croton Microsachers, and East African Camphorwood.

We plant trees for each brilliant company we place in a new workspace. ForestNation's team in Africa start growing the trees in a nursery environment, where the seedlings are nurtured until they’re ready to plant. Once conditions are favourable (usually from Oct - Dec or from Mar - June), the trees are planted.

How it works

Once the forest is established, the village environmental committee congregates to discuss reforestation plans. They meet each weekend to actively protect the forest from fires and trim the trees in the event of heavy rainfalls.

For five consecutive years after planting, the team monitors their growth periodically to ensure the trees reach full maturity without interference from weeds/non-native plant species or other environmental factors.