From Community to Cup: Café Imports Becomes a TWP Corporate Partner

by Katie Murphy, Strategic Partnerships Manager 

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Café Imports brings some of the highest quality green coffee to the global market. What makes them truly shine is not only their excellent product but the way they engage in business. To minimize their environmental impact, they have partnered with us to continue their carbon neutrality for the next two years. With the environment at the forefront of all their decisions, Café Imports believes it is just simply part of doing ethical business in the ever-changing coffee market. They believe that quality, education, and progress are the driving principles that make their services exemplary, and here at Trees, Water & People, we couldn’t agree more.

“This new effort in 2017, a charitable effort by the ownership of Café Imports, guarantees again that all of our coffee is carbon neutral by the time it arrives at our warehouse.“

    —Andrew Miller, Café Imports Founder

By becoming part of TWP’s Partners for a Sustainable Planet Program (PSP), Café Imports is doing more than just offsetting 3,378 tons of CO2. Through reforestation and clean cookstove efforts in Honduras, Café Imports can ensure their carbon neutrality and further their existing philosophy which highlights the “tree to the cup” traceability of their coffee.

You can see for yourself how Café Imports examines their carbon footprint in their 2017 Environmental Progress Report. By computing not only their shipping and business travel, but including the day-to-day office and warehouse output, and even employee commuting, Café Imports can feel confident in their carbon footprint metrics and make changes to their business practices accordingly. In 2016, they were able to reduce their annual carbon output by 11% from the previous year.

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Café Imports is taking carbon offsets further!

This unique partnership in the Honduran Highlands lends support to 220 local families in the twelve coffee producing communities we work with and also trains locals in agroforestry practices. By diversifying coffee farms with shade trees and integrated food crops, we can strengthen coffee crops and improve economic opportunities in these communities. Additionally, Café Imports has sponsored the construction and installation of 20 clean cookstoves and the training of two local Hondurans in stove design and construction. Implementing clean cookstoves helps families breathe cleaner air, reduce their reliance on and consumption of fuelwood, and improves their quality of life for years to come.

Our partnership connects Café Imports to the families that grow coffee, taking their existing philosophy of “tree to cup” to “community to cup.” TWP is proud to partner with a business who doesn’t just talk the talk about environmental responsibility; they walk the walk.

If you would like to learn more about our Corporate Partnership Program, click here! 

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Thank You Redwood Partners!

The relationships that we form with businesses from around the country, and the world, make much of our work possible. Thanks to these innovative partnerships, we have been able to complete important community-based sustainable development projects around the globe. Thank you 2014 Redwood partners!

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Corporate Partner Spotlight: Smartpress.com joins 100% Replanted Program

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Smartpress.com is taking new steps in becoming an ecologically conscious and responsible company through its partnership with Trees, Water & People (TWP) and its initiative to become 100% Replanted. Smartpress.com has made a promise to replant the equivalent amount of trees used during printing on a monthly basis starting July 1, 2012.

“Through this project we are taking our initiative to exercise environmental responsibility to the next level by making the commitment to be one of the first printing companies ever to become 100% Replanted,” says Chuck Reese, president, Smartpress.com.

Through the 100% Replanted Program trees are planted in rural communities that border protected areas of forests in El Salvador. Planting trees in Central America has several important benefits: the cost of planting is low, the trees grow quickly in the tropical climate, and the tree nurseries create jobs for local people.

About Smartpress.com
Smartpress.com is the fastest, easiest way to buy print online. The company prides itself on world-class customer service and attention to detail with a 100% outcome guarantee. The Smartpress.com advantage is providing a simple ordering process with fast turnaround at competitive prices. The company uses state-of-the-art digital presses with a wide selection of paper stocks, and the ability to deliver top-quality results in quantities as small as a single piece.  To see the wide variety of offerings and to learn more, please visit http://smartpress.com

To learn more about how you or your business can become 100% Replanted please email Megan Maiolo-Heath at megan@treeswaterpeople.org or visit www.replanttrees.org.

TWP and Project Seven Partnering to Plant Trees in Central America

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Project 7, a consumer goods company passionate about social change and dedicated to addressing the seven most critical areas of need in the world today, as determined by Project 7 – Teach them Well, Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Quench the Thirsty, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, and Save the Planet.  The company’s goal is to bring to market everyday products – the first of which is bottled water – that consumers can easily purchase in order to effect change across the seven areas of critical need.

Project 7 supports Trees, Water & People’s reforestation projects in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras through their “Save the Earth” products.  With the companies’ support, we will be planting  over 19,000 fruit trees between May and October of 2011, including mango, orange and lime trees.  To purchase Product 7 merchandise please visit their online store or find a retailer!

To learn more about Project 7 please visit their website: www.project7.com.

The layers of this Salvadorian nursery come alive, from seedlings to trees ready to be planted.