Our love for the wild drives us to build a sustainable business.
So for each product you purchase at Hendriks, we'll plant ten trees in areas affected by severe deforestation to help revitalize ecosystems and empower local communities through our impact partner, Eden Projects.
All trees are planted by a team of local workers to supply vital employment to the community - rejuvenating their world and this magic planet we all call home.
You can check out all the projects located across the globe in Nepal, Madagascar, Kenya, Honduras, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Haiti and Mozambique.
We're committed to developing ways of reducing our environmental footprint, so investing in tree planting for every product sold is our way of offsetting our carbon use and paying it back to the earth.
Plant Trees, Save The Earth
Research shows that planting trees is now one of the best and cheapest ways to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere and tackle the climate crisis.
By absorbing carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuels, trees can help stop rising temperatures around the world. They also keep soil moist and reduce the risk of flooding.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology published a report in 2019 that the planet could support an extra 2.2 billion acres of tree cover, using lands currently underutilized or areas where forests were cleared.
They further claim that, over time, these newly planted trees can remove about two-thirds of the estimated 330 billion tons of carbon spewed into the atmosphere by humans since the Industrial Revolution.
By working with Eden Projects, we aim to do our part to help contribute to the restoration of the planet and invest in a healthy environment for our future generations.
Most of our seeds are collected by local villagers from nearby remnant forests. If required to supplement the collected seeds, seeds are purchased from local, trusted seed banks. We never purchase seedlings; we grow our own in our nurseries to ensure quality and germination rates.
The various planting methods we use include: singling or farmer managed natural regeneration, seed balls, seedling nursery, bare root transfers, and mangrove propagule planting. Each nation uses one or more of these methods depending on the species of trees that are native to that given region.
Eden Reforestation Projects plants only native species trees; these vary from nation to nation. We never plant or introduce any invasive species at any of our project sites. We also plant a percentage of agroforestry species for sustainable community use. This prevents the community from going into newly restored forests and provides greater community benefit and involvement in the project.
Land rights and authority vary from nation to nation and from planting site to planting site. However, the overwhelming majority of Eden Reforestation Projects’ (Eden) forest restoration projects occur on government-owned land that is under the direct authority of the local community. In contrast, Eden works on smaller scale agroforestry projects (like many of our projects in Haiti). Agroforestry efforts typically occur at sites owned by small scale farmers. The one consistent determining factor within each nation is that Eden has established legal Government Associations and/or Non-Government Organizations, which provide us with authority to operate effectively and in coordination with all the essential Regional and Local governance agencies on crucial determinants.
The vast majority of the trees at Eden Reforestation Project sites are owned by the local communities who actively participated in the restoration of their regional forest during their employment period with Eden. The common (but much smaller exception) is when agroforestry trees are planted at small plot farmer sites where the land is owned by the local farmer. In such cases, the small plot farmer owns the trees along with the proceeds from the trees.
Thanks to our in-country staff’s hard work, Eden Reforestation Projects has developed deep and respectful relationships within all levels of community and government departments. In every case, Eden Reforestation Projects makes concerted efforts to form and secure written agreements with a clause leading to a perpetual forest. Further, to ensure protection in perpetuity, our funding strategy includes salaries for guards during the extended time period required to hire local villagers who restore the region’s forest. Finally, Eden has also established a guard endowment with the strategic objective of funding site guards after the regional forest is fully restored.
We make every effort to ensure the forest we plant becomes permanent and sustainable. Towards this end we have implemented the following steps:
- We work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity.
- We do not plant in logging areas. There is never a 100% guarantee that some form of illegal harvest will not occur. However, we do everything within legal limits to ensure the restoration sites are guaranteed to stand in perpetuity.
- We hire local villagers to plant the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The villagers now have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.
- A minimum of 10% of the trees to be planted are agroforestry species (fruit, fodder and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income.
- We do all possible to supply the local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel-efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and/or eliminates their dependence on charcoal.
- We hire forest guards as part of the labor force. We have recently created a Forest Guard Endowment Fund whereby one cent of the price of each tree is put into a fund for long-term guarding and protection of our sites.
- Most significantly, we have seen the villagers fall in love with their forest. They also recognise and benefit from the restored forest through an increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water and the formation of microenterprises.
The Eden team leaders have developed reliable systems for counting and sorting the number of seedlings produced in the nurseries and/or the number of mangrove propagules collected. After the seedlings and propagules are collected and sorted, they are planted within designated sites.
A percentage of seedling and propagule mortality is inevitable. What we have discovered is mortality becomes irrelevant as natural regeneration begins to occur and begins to multiply impact. At our mangrove sites, natural regeneration typically exceeds 200% of the original number planted. The same is true of the dry deciduous sites in Madagascar, and we already see the same multiplication effect in Nepal.