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Outdoor brand Berghaus commits to growing millions of trees

mangrove trees
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A leading outdoors brand has announced a new project as part of an ambitious plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Berghaus, a popular manufacturer of products such as waterproof jackets, rucksacks and walking boots, has launched The Good Wood Project with the pledge to plant millions of trees annually.

Working in partnership with Eden Reforestation, in the first 12 months of the initiative the company will plant two million mangrove trees across Madagascar and Kenya. 

When seedlings are fully grown, the trees will absorb 24,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. To put this in perspective, it amounts to the same emissions that are created from driving a car more than 60 million miles.

Around half of the world’s mangrove forests have been cut down in the last 50 years. Compared to other global forest systems, mangroves absorb two to four times more carbon and contain the highest carbon density.

mangrove trees

Carbon-absorbing mangrove trees (Image credit: Getty Images )

Eden Reforestation is a not-for-profit organisation with the combined aim of reducing extreme poverty and restoring healthy forests, by employing local people to plant millions of trees every year. 

Through The Good Wood Project, Berghaus will support Eden Reforestation’s “Employ to Plant” methodology, hiring people in local communities to plant trees, so that they can begin to afford daily necessities such as food, shelter, medicine and clothing for their families.

The Good Wood Project is a part of a multi-faceted effort by Berghaus to to reduce and offset the environmental impact of its business activities.

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.