Wood has always been my go-to medium for art, furniture and custom projects. You could say I always have wood on the brain and that's why I named my business 'Wood Brain'. Pretty much all the wood I use is reclaimed wood that I personally collect to create unique handcrafted products for both women and men like; Wood Planters, Wood Jewelry and Paintings on Wood. Please take look and let me know what you think-
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Donating Trees = Trees for the Future
"Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and our country programs, we have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.” Trees for the Future-
(http://www.plant-trees.org) This 8 minute video documents the work of Dave Deppner and Trees for the Future. Communities around the world turn to Trees for the Future for technical knowledge and planting materials so that they can bring degraded lands and struggling farmlands back to sustainable productivity. Since 1988, Trees for the Future (TFTF) has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees in agroforestry and reforestation projects. Each year these trees remove over one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Trees = Wood
Wood = Wood Brain
Wood has always been my go-to medium for art, as well as furniture and custom projects. You could say I always have wood on the brain and that's why I named my business 'Wood Brain'. Pretty much all the wood I use is reclaimed wood that I personally find and collect. I make wood planters from driftwood that I collect from many hikes down to the local coastlines. On any given trip I collect around 50LBS of driftwood. I also make wood jewelry from broken branches, which I cut into more refined pieces of wood, as well as scrap woods from past projects. I never let any piece of wood go to waste, even down to the sawdust, which I also incorporate into my jewelry.
I really wanted to to find a way to give back to the trees that have helped me become successful. I decided to help plant more trees so that more people across the world could enjoy their benefits and beauty so I did some research and foundTrees for the Future.I like what they had to say about planting trees:
'Why plant trees? Because they change lives. They provide food, forage for animals, and wood for fuel and construction. They increase agricultural yields, improve water infiltration and aquifer recharge, and protect soils from wind and water erosion.'
Sounds good to me!10 cents will get one tree planted throughTrees for the Future. They have already planted 50 million trees and they are still counting. They need our support to plant trees and change lives. With just $25.00 I helped plant 250 trees and that is a good start. I'm now setting aside a portion of my annual sales to donate to Trees for the Future. I'm working my way up to donating 10,000 trees within the next five years!
Donating Trees = Trees For The Future
If you want to help it's easy. Trees for the Future gratefully accepts donations to support their tree planting programs(minimum donation $5). Ten cents plants a tree - $25 will plant 250 trees, $100 will plant 1,000 trees...and so on! Plus you will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution. It only take about three minutes, trust me I know- I donated.
For those of you who are not completely sold on donating that's ok. All I can do is plant the seed that trees are good for everyone, including you. Here are 22 of the best
reasons to plant and care for trees or defend a tree’s standing (fromTree People):
Trees combat the greenhouse effect
Global warming is
the result of excess greenhouse gases, created by burning fossil fuels and
destroying tropical rainforests. Heat from the sun, reflected back from the
earth, is trapped in this thickening layer of gases, causing global
temperatures to rise. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas. Trees
absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back
into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2
produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
Trees clean the air
Trees absorb odors
and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and
filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Trees provide oxygen
In one year an acre
of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
Trees cool the streets and the city
temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 6°F in the last 50 years as tree
coverage has declined and the number of heat-absorbing roads and buildings has
Trees cool the city
by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat
islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
Trees conserve energy
Three trees placed
strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs
by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we
reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.
Trees save water
Shade from trees
slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only
fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric
Trees help prevent water pollution
Trees reduce runoff
by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into
the earth below the tree. This prevents stormwater from carrying pollutants to
the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water
naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
Trees help prevent soil erosion
On hillsides or
stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.
Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays
Skin cancer is the
most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by
about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and
playgrounds - where children spend hours outdoors.
Trees provide food
An apple tree can
yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year and can be planted on the tiniest
urban lot. Aside from fruit for humans, trees provide food for birds and
Studies have shown
that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less
complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to
nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental
Trees reduce violence
homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and
out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to
reduce the level of fear.
Trees mark the seasons
Is it winter,
spring, summer or fall? Look at the trees.
Trees create economic opportunities
from community orchards can be sold, thus providing income. Small business
opportunities in green waste management and landscaping arise when cities value
mulching and its water-saving qualities. Vocational training for youth
interested in green jobs is also a great way to develop economic opportunities
Trees are teachers and playmates
Whether as houses
for children or creative and spiritual inspiration for adults, trees have
provided the space for human retreat throughout the ages.
Trees bring diverse groups of people together
provide an opportunity for community involvement and empowerment that improves
the quality of life in our neighborhoods. All cultures, ages, and genders have
an important role to play at a tree planting or tree care event.
Trees add unity
Trees as landmarks
can give a neighborhood a new identity and encourage civic pride.
Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife
Sycamore and oak
are among the many urban species that provide excellent urban homes for birds,
bees, possums and squirrels.
Trees block things
Trees can mask
concrete walls or parking lots, and unsightly views. They muffle sound from
nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees
absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.
Trees provide wood
In suburban and
rural areas, trees can be selectively harvested for fuel and craft wood.
Trees increase property values
The beauty of a
well-planted property and its surrounding street and neighborhood can raise
property values by as much as 15 percent.
Trees increase business traffic
Studies show that the more
trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in.
A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to
look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by. http://www.treesforthefuture.org/donate/