Our Impact

Trees for the Future

With the intention to put the Earth first in our business, we decided to increase the reach of our goal to mitigate climate change and have partnered with Trees for the Future.

For every yard of fabric you purchase from Earth First Fabrics, you also plant a tree.

Linnea volunteering with the Peace Corps in Senegal

Linnea with the Peace Corps in Senegal.

Why Trees for the Future?

Hi, I’m Linnea, an environmental biologist and returned Peace Corps Volunteer. I served as an urban agriculture extension agent in Senegal before being evacuated as a result of the global pandemic.

Our vision for Earth First Fabrics includes supporting organically-grown fabric and fiber production and offering sewists a way to pursue their craft in a more eco-conscious way. It also includes using a portion of the proceeds to actually regenerate soils, ecosystems, and communities harmed by extractive conventional agriculture practices through our charity partner Trees for the Future. Years of producing high-yield cash-crops, such as cotton, without replenishing the soil leads to dried, cracked dust that blows into the wind. We experience this here in the U.S., but in developing countries, the impact of these damaging practices (often forced upon these nations due to colonialism) to farmers’ and communities’ livelihoods can be severe. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, I observed this first-hand. But I also saw the incredible potential of using regenerative practices to heal the land, and, in the process, start to rectify vast lingering global inequities.

Trees for the Future transforms communities and benefits the environment.

Farmers tending their forest garden in Kaffrine, Senegal.

The forest farming approach empowers community farmers.

Omar shows the vast difference between the diet of a traditional farming system, peanuts and millet, and the diverse diet of a family with a forest garden.

One of the partners active in the community in which I served was Trees for the Future. They promote the Forest Garden approach, integrating trees into a diverse agroecosystem that benefits smallholder farmers and their communities. Trees for the Future ~organically~ came to the forefront of our minds when choosing a charity partner since I worked directly with their team members while in Senegal. Trees for the Future empowers local communities, and the regenerative practices they promote have the added benefit of sequestering carbon and therefore offer a solution to the current climate crisis we all face.

Through our partnership with Trees for the Future, Earth First Fabrics can also offset the emissions created by our retail and shipping activities to ensure that we are a carbon-neutral business.

When you purchase from Earth First Fabrics you’re not just buying certified organic fabric and fibers that are better for you and the planet, you’re also supporting organic agriculture, planting trees, and helping global communities build a more sustainable future.

Trees for the Future is helping families and communities

The forest garden approach from Trees for the Future empowers small farmers and communities, like Mor Lumm and her family.

We’re Making an Impact, Together

  • Our Goal is to Plant 4,000 Trees This Year 50% 50%

Earth First Fabric has kickstarted our partnership with Trees for the Future by planting 2,000 trees!  Help us meet our goal to plant 4,000 trees and double our impact by the end of 2021.

Every yard of fabric purchased plants one tree.

 

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