Planting trees to offset nappy use – fighting climate change wee by wee, poo by poo, and tree by tree.
WHAT IS ONES, TWOS AND TREES?
Whether you are a new parent or an old-hand, if you have a child, nappies are almost unavoidable. A child can use over 4500 nappies in the first 2.5 years of their life - contributing to our planet’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Ones, Twos, and Trees will plant trees to offset the environmental impact of the greenhouse gases produced during the production, manufacturing, and use of nappies during a child’s first 2.5 years – the average Nappy Carbon Footprint.
Our aim is to create a greener future for our environment and our children - by turning wees and poos into trees.
With all the studies around the world researching the environmental impact of disposable and reusable nappies, it is surprising that no nappy system comes out truly on top. The results show that each system has its own inherent negative impacts on the environment.
For the cost of less than the average price of two boxes of nappies, Ones, Twos, and Trees will plant trees to offset the greenhouse gas emissions produced during a child’s first 2.5 years of nappy use, so that you can plant the seeds for a greener future.
It’s now that little bit easier to become an eco-warrior with Ones, Twos, and Trees.
NAPPIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Every nappy used, from the use of raw materials, production and manufacturing, to the emissions generated through transportation, retailing, usage and more often than not its journey to landfill, has a lasting impact on the environment.
Approximately 1.7 million trees are felled every year to make enough disposable nappies for Australian babies alone, an estimated 1.3 million traees are felled for New Zealand babies and 7 million trees a year are felled for UK babies. And then the rest of the world…
OUR OBJECTIVE: PLANTING TREES
Ones, Twos, and Trees aims to establish self-sustaining forests that absorb the carbon emissions produced through a child’s first 2.5 years of nappy use – the average Nappy Carbon Footprint.
Planting forests helps soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow. All our tree plantings will be continually monitored to ensure ongoing health and carbon capture performance.
You will therefore have the opportunity of contributing to the development and maintenance of bio-diverse forests that will be made up of a wide variety of Australian native trees, helping to reduce soil erosion and salinity, improve water quality, and provide habitat for native animals.
When we became new parents deciding on which nappy to use was no mean feat. The number of styles and brands available, and differing opinions made for a confusing decision.
Despite doing loads of research and trying out various brands and styles of disposables and reusables we were still left with the environmental impact of our nappy usage – disposables with their massive use of non-renewable resources and bleaching chemicals; and cloth and reusable nappies with large amounts of pesticides and water used during the growth of conventional cotton, plus the ongoing water, energy and detergent usage to keep them clean.
So we decided the only way to lessen our nappy usage environmental impact was to do something about it - wee by wee, poo by poo and tree by tree.
USE OF FUNDS
We are raising funds to launch Ones, Twos, and Trees to a global market. Our aim is to encourage an environmentally conscious approach to nappy use whilst reducing the impact on our planet through bio-diverse and native tree planting. Your support can help make this a reality.
Raising our $6,300 Tipping Point, will help Ones, Twos, and Trees to:
– Establish the first phase of tree planting in conjunction with the Carbon Farmers Initiative (CFI) allowing farmers and land managers to store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the land. The initial tree planting will take place on rural property in Rural NSW Australia.
– Develop an e-commerce website
– Print an initial run of Certificates and Growth Charts to send to supporters (Ones, Twos and Trees Certificate and Growth Chart are printed on recycled paper from 100% post-consumer waste, without the use of chlorine bleaching, made by environmentally certified mills. Printed using vegetable based inks ensuring low chemical and solvent usage during the print process.)
Raising our $20,000 Goal will allow Ones, Twos and Trees to:
– Develop a national / international marketing campaign
– Develop a nappy survey to research nappy usage on a global scale
– Develop tree planting programs internationally
Our aim is to start planting trees and posting the Certificates and Growth Charts by early December 2013. We’ll be sending updates to keep all our supporters informed of our progress.
With your help we can make Ones, Twos and Trees a reality and help change the world we live in wee by wee, poo by poo and tree by tree.