Here at Save the Earth Co-operative, we’re stupendously excited about our brand new Ethical Business Network. It’s a place where businesses with green sensibilities can trade products and services, as well as share ideas and inspiration, with both our ever-growing ethically-minded audience and each other.
Of course, without our valued Creator Member Companies, there would be no network! That’s why we’ve decided to shine a light on some of the businesses we have on board, such as the ingenious Reforestum. We invited its CEO and founder, Diego Sanz Prieto, to contribute to our article and explain what Reforestum is all about. This is what he had to say:
Reforestum – An Introduction
Have you ever wanted to plant a tree to help make the world a better place? How about planting an entire forest? No matter how small or large your forest, there is a startup called Reforestum that can assist you.
Through the power of today’s technology, Reforestum measures the carbon footprint of your daily activities, offering any individual, collective or company the opportunity to become carbon neutral by planning and developing their own forests.
You can manage, track, expand or even offer a forest as a gift. The process enables you to have a whole lot of fun and do something amazing for our environment at the same time.
Perhaps the biggest innovation about Reforestum is that you will be connected to your forest. You can create and expand it. It’s not like you are donating money and will never know what happened to it. You can literally see how your investment grows either by the using the App or by visiting your own forests.
Becoming Carbon Neutral
Creating a forest is as easy as following 4 straightforward steps:
1. Design Your Own Forest
By defining your budget, desired surface area, or the amount of CO2 you would like to capture, Reforestum will guide you through your decision.
2. Choose Your Location
Select an option among the available locations around the world.
3. A New Forest is Planted
Our experts design the forest, make all the preparations, plant, and take care of the tree development. Since Reforestum works in advance, you will practically own a forest instantly.
4. Sync With Your Forest
Once your forest has been planted, you will be able to consult satellite images, get notifications, track the amount of carbon that is being captured, expand it, and more.
For instance, you can go to the website, choose a location, select how much money you can afford to put towards your own forest and the App will provide calculations right on the spot. I tried that with 30 €, and the App directly tells you that this will enable you to build a new forest on an area of 10m² which will capture almost 2 tons of carbon over a span of 25 years.
Current Project Progress and Expansion Plans
So far, Reforestum has a total of almost 900 members, including a handful of companies that have decided to join as part of their corporate social responsibility policies. These companies have made a commitment to offset the carbon footprint derived from their annual activities. Reforestum is planning to open forest locations in numerous locations around the world. At the time of writing this article, there is a first forest location available in Spain called Génesis, which has 4.6 hectares of new forest.
Génesis was founded with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign that concluded on 15th February of 2017. The funds raised are being used to develop the App, which will be released in June 2017.
In the meantime, you can acquire your forest and support the project via an InDemand campaign hosted within the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform.
You can also try the beta forest calculator in the website:
Additionally, Reforesutm will provide a periodic subscription in order to reduce your carbon footprint on a monthly basis. There are a number of possibilities – for example, your communications, groceries, electricity, natural gas or petrol consumption.
Get Connected to Save the Earth’s Ethical Business Network
If you’re a business owner who wishes to be part of a network of like-minded companies who embrace ethical ideals, why not join Reforestum and many others by signing up to a creator membership with Save the Earth Co-operative?
To find out more about the benefits of becoming a Creator Member Company, drop us a line HERE, or simply click below to join us today!