The last few years on Earth Day, we have chosen to donate a portion of our sales to a non-profit that focuses on saving the environment. This year, we are excited to promote Trees for Oakland. Their mission is to contribute to the urban forest in all of Oakland by planting and maintaining trees in the city, with an emphasis in areas with limited canopy. By doing so, they aim to educate people about trees, combat climate change, and provide a more equitable distribution of trees within Oakland.
Trees in urban settings are extremely important. Here are some of the ways that trees can benefit us: sequester carbon emissions, reduce storm-water run-off, improve air quality and offset air pollution, & increase property value and reduce crime. Trees are essential for human health - science has shown that levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) goes down with more trees around and we know that stress drives bad health.
Trees for Oakland currently has several volunteer days coming up where locals can help to plant these trees, so if you are interested check out this link. They are also still offering trees, so if your street is in need feel free to contact them. Check out their website for more info or stop by the shop Sat. 4/21- Mon. 4/23 to learn more and help out our fundraiser.