How it works!
When you buy from a One Tribe partner you automatically save rainforest. This helps fight the climate crisis by reducing Co2 in our atmosphere and instantly improving the carbon footprint of your purchase.
One Tribe connects online businesses and their customers to rainforest protection projects and tracks the climate impact in real-time.
Let's deep dive into how this actually works!
We’ve brought together loads of information here about how you can protect rainforest when you shop, how it actually works, and why its so important!
Why does One Tribe protect rainforest rather than plant more trees?
According to the UN we have until 2030 to avoid a climate meltdown
Planting a tree in 2021 costs around $1 absorb 53.1 kilos of carbon by 2030
You can protect 400 square metres of rainforest for less money, which will absorb 3900 kilos of carbon (3.9 Metric Tonnes) of carbon in the same period
How does One Tribe save trees?
Protecting rainforest protects the animals within it, but also crucially the trees. Scientific research has calculated how many trees there are in an acre of rainforest and from there we have worked out that there are 1,012 medium and large trees in an acre.
This means that 100 square metres (which you could protect with your online purchase) contain 5 trees on average.
How does One Tribe protect rainforest?
One Tribe works by connecting websites with rainforest protection charities through our platform. The rainforest charities we work with then fund on-the-ground projects to save endangered rainforest. Our rainforest protection partners use 3 key strategies to protect rainforest:
Indigenous people often live on land their ancestral land but have no legal rights to it. This leaves the land at risk from logging, mining, oil and gas extraction and agriculture. Creating land titles for indigenous people in these areas gives them the legal rights to live on their land, so that they can continue living there in a sustainable way, and protecting them, and the plants and animals there from these threats.
Our partners also protect rainforest through the creation of National Parks or other officially recognised protection areas. Scientific research data is used to demonstrate the value of an area based on the plants and animals that live there, particularly when those animals are endangered. It is a tried and tested method to protect large areas of rainforest and the species that live there.
This is by far the most expensive way to protect rainforest and so is used generally for smaller areas of rainforest that have critically endangered species that would go extinct if the land was not purchased and protected. Once the land is purchased the land is monitored and managed to ensure its protection long term.
If you want to find out more about the project we support then you can click here [link to projects page]
How are the funds distributed?
Every month One Tribe makes payments to the projects we support via Rainforest Trust UK. These funds are then distributed by Rainforest Trust to the relevant projects to get the money to the on-the-ground activities as quickly as possible.
How do you know that the land stays protected?
The methods used – land purchase, designation and land titling – all protect rainforest on a permanent basis.
Our partners the rainforest trust just launched a survey of all the rainforest across the projects they have funded to date, and they found that 92% of the project areas have had less than 5% deforestation since their creation. Many of the projects go all the way back to 1988!
Carbon, the final frontier!
Trees store a huge amount of carbon to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere.
The rainforest One Tribe protects actually stores 99.4 tonnes of CO2 per acre!
Why are older trees so important?
According to Nate Stephenson, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center in Three Rivers, Calif, that 97% of trees from more than 400 species studied grew more quickly as they aged, thus absorbing more carbon.
William Moomaw of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School and serving as lead author on five reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, also says “In multi-aged forests around the world of all types, that half of the carbon is stored in the largest one-percent diameter trees.”
In addition to this, when old trees are cut down, the carbon they are storing is released into the atmosphere. As a result it vital that we protect our ancient forests from destruction. We fully support the planting of new trees, but the science shows that the protection of our existing forests and rainforest is much more urgent and much more impactful from a CO2 perspective.
Why reducing carbon is so important?
Carbon is a greenhouse gas and human activity has massively increased the amount of carbon being put into our atmosphere. This is causing our planet to overheat
If we don’t change the way we are operating, temperatures are due to increase by 3 to 5 degrees Calecius by the end of the century. According to the UN, “Tackling climate change is critical to ensure that people around the world are healthy, prosperous, have food, clean air and water.” These are basic requirements for human existence and they are in serious threat.
How do trees help store carbon?
471 billion tonnes of carbon stored in tropical forests and tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year because carbon is released when the tree are cut down (and even more so when they are burned). Keeping our forests intact are essential for us to stay on track with the UN targets for net zero by 2050.
How do trees also absorb Carbon?
A typical tree can absorb (or sequester) around 21 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, however this figure is only achieved when the tree is fully grown – saplings will absorb significantly less than this. Over a lifetime of 100 years, one tree could absorb around a tonne of CO2. This is why protecting mature rainforest is far more impactful than planting new trees.
If we focus on planting trees and neglect to protect our rainforests, we will miss our 2050 target by the time the new trees start to be really impactful in terms of the carbon they can sequester.
How can you get involved?
When you’re shopping online, look out for the One Tribe tree counter to see where you can protect the rainforest when you shop. Checking our home page for some of our top brands is a great place to start!
If you work for or own an eCommerce brand you can join the tribe. We integrate with any eCommerce site and you can be protected the rainforest with every sale in a matter of hours from no, to learn more click below.