March 12th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh
I don’t usually promote other companies or products unless they’re based in Vermont and related to our environmental mission at Vermont Woods Studios. But although Treeson is operated in Costa Rica, the company caught my eye because their founding principles are so similar to ours.
Owner Carlton Solle took his family on a trip to Costa Rica 5 years ago. Like me, he was alarmed at the plastic pollution littering that country’s beautiful waters and coastlines. And like me, he learned that less than 20 percent of the 50 billion plastic water bottles sold in the United States are actually recycled (the remaining 40 billion end up in landfills, waterways and oceans, or in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch).
Our response to plastic pollution at Vermont Woods Studios was to partner with Polywood in promoting and selling outdoor patio furniture made from recycled plastic bottles. Carlton’s response was to create Treeson spring water which is packaged in an eco-friendly, biodegradable, collapsible water bottle that comes with a pre-paid USPS postage sticker. The empty bottle goes in the Mail box instead of the trash.
For every bottle of spring water sold, Treeson plants a tree. They are working closely with our friend Kevin Peterson at the Eco Preservation Society to replant the rainforest in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (this is the area we visited a few years ago and did volunteer work building furniture at a local school). So far over 38,000 trees have been planted.
Incidentally, Kevin is one of the people who influenced us at Vermont Woods Studios to plant a tree for every furniture sale.
Treeson water bottles are made from plant-based materials and filled with filtered spring water sourced close to each retail territory. Empty bottles are easily flattened and returned for free (by peeling off the label to reveal a return label) via the United States Postal Service. The used bottles are then recycled to produce clean energy (with a machine that converts the plant-based material into biogas) that is used to produce new bottles.
You can help Treeson get their fledgling company off the ground by supporting their campaign at Kickstarter.com. There you’ll find information and frequently asked questions about their mission, business plans and processes.
We wish them well. Can companies like Treeson and Vermont Woods Studios really change the world? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook.
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November 20th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Douglas just delivered the numbers for our Sustainable Furniture Sale last Saturday, November 12. We sponsored a fundraiser for The Nature Conservancy's Plant A Billion Trees Initiative.
I can report that your furniture purchases generated a $418 donation to The Nature Conservancy. Half of that will be donated to the local Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and half will to the national/international TNC campaign.
We wish to thank all of our customers and readers who bought furniture or promoted our event. We look forward to working with Jennifer Kramer, our local TNC representative to further strengthen our partnership with Nature.org.