One Leaf = One Tree
We are thrilled to announce our initiative to help restore Australia’s bushfire ravaged koala homes by planting a tree for every real leaf jewellery item purchased!
We have partnered with a non-for-profit reforestation organisation, One Tree Planted, to grow 250 000 trees by 2025 to help restore forests and wildlife habitats destroyed in the Black Summer fires.
You can make a difference. One leaf purchased means one tree planted. Your forever leaf is a symbol of a living tree planted by you!
In the most devastating bushfire season Australia has ever seen over 12 million hectares of land was burned and an estimated 3 billion animals killed or displaced.
Some 8400 koalas perished in the NSW fires and South Australia's Kangaroo Island lost over 50% of their koala population. It is a devasting blow for our iconic furry mates already in decline and it has the potential to slide them towards extinction in eastern Australia.
Together we can make an impact. We can reforest Australia, clean our air and water, create habitat for wildlife, and heal our land. Every tree makes a positive impact for nature, wildlife and people. We care deeply about our environment and creating a business that gives back to nature.
Planting trees will help regenerate soil, increase water supply and nutrients, restore habitats by providing homes and food for wildlife, and help improve air quality.
We create beautiful real leaf jewels that plant trees! Share a homegrown real leaf item with a loved-one abroad and let them know that your purchase means you have planted a tree for them in Australia.
What you get for your purchase...
- A real tree planted in Australia for you by our partner re-forestation organisation.
- An official tree planting certificate with your name. (claim your certificate on the home page "Claim your tree certificate" tab)
- Your selected unique Real Leaf jewellery item. Grown by Aussie trees, handmade by our artisan family in Australia.
- A story card with each beautifully gift packaged leaf jewel.
- Updates on tree planting projects in Australia from our re-forestation partners.
How it works...
We donate a percentage of our sales to OneTree Planted, a non-for-profit organisation dedicated to global reforestation. All the donations to our planting partner fund tree growing projects in Australia. We will send you your tree planting certificate and updates on the status of your trees provided by our reforestation partner whenever a planting session is taking place.
Where we plant in Australia...
Our beloved koalas are already benefiting from our partner’s tree planting project in the Northern Rivers of NSW. This project aims to create a koala wildlife corridor by forming a linkage of habitat from Byron Bay westward towards Tenterfield, north to the Queensland border and south towards Grafton.
So far in this initiative, One Tree Planted has funded 31,728 trees planted in 2020, with another 27,790 more currently growing in local nurseries. These trees will be planted by the end of the year, and many more beyond that since this is just the beginning of a larger reforestation plan aiming to plant 250,000 trees by 2025.
Other areas planted so far include: Booyong, Clunes, Binna Burra, Federal, Bangalow, Newrybar, Coorabell, Nashua, Broken Hill, Coopers Shoot, Talofa, Ewingsdale, Possum Creek, Repentance Creek, Coraki, Swan Bay, and Woodburn.
Here's what we are planting and how...
The project involves several aspects which will restore and protect the Northern Rivers koala population as well as other threatened wildlife species whose habitats were severely impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires.
The local community is involved in tree planting events, educational workshops, and continued habitat monitoring and maintenance.
As you can imagine, Covid-19 created limits for volunteer opportunities this year, so until that is safe again the project is carrying on with trained personnel. The local project partners at Bangalow Koalas and staff facilitate understanding of the need for koala conservation and provide opportunities to participate directly in conservation efforts in the future.
Tree species that are planted include Tallowwood, Swamp Mahogany, Forest Red Gum, Paperbark, Small-fruited Grey Gum, Flooded Gum - which are a mix of eucalyptus for koalas' favourite foods.
One millions trees to be planted in nurseries...
Our partners have also announced exciting news that together with the Australian Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) we will be planting up to one million trees in Bushfire Recovery Nurseries! At this time, many areas have still not recovered enough to begin tree planting but that doesn't mean we can't get ahead of the curve and start growing the trees in the meantime!
Setting up tree nurseries is a great first step in restoring forests as it allows us to prepare for planting and be ready to get trees in the ground as soon as the land permits us to do so. The project will be executed in phases over the next 5 years.
In order to ensure the restoration process is as effective as possible, FNPW is in the process of working with local governments as well as community partners to assess areas most affected by the fires. These areas include New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia.
When the trees from the Bushfire Recovery Nurseries are ready to be planted in their forever homes, they will be planted in national parks across Australia to other public and private lands.
The bushfire recovery priority areas are focused on the following regions:
Region 1 : Mount Lofty to Kangaroo Island Connection in South Australia.
Region 2 : NSW South Coast to Victoria Gippsland Corridor.
Region 3 : Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage area in NSW & QLD and the NSW North Coast.
Koalas & Eucalyptus trees have an incredible eveolutionary history...
Forests in which koalas are found are extremely important to local biodiversity. And like every animal, insect, and fungi, koalas are essential to the complex web of life in Australia. By protecting the bushland in which koalas live, many of our most important wildlife would also benefit.
Eucalyptus trees have been native to Australia for about 60 million years, having adapted over time to an environment in which drought, nutrient-poor soil, and fire are increasingly common. Interestingly, the oils in eucalyptus trees can heat up, causing bushfires to spread, so nature developed a clever way to prevent eucalyptus from dominating the landscape: koalas, one of the few animals that can digest this fibrous plant. By munching on eucalyptus, koalas effectively maintain healthy and balanced forests. They gain food, hydration, and energy, and the forest is not overburdened with excess fire fuel.
Their trimming of the canopy also creates gaps for sunlight to shine through to the ground so that low growing plants can also thrive. This ecosystem relationship is just another example of nature's extraordinary wisdom.
Unfortunately, this delicate balance can only last so long before the additional pressures of deforestation, a changing climate, and a severe fire season come along to disrupt millions of hectares of habitats, leading to a biodiversity crisis.
There is much more that needs to be done to address the broader challenges facing a fast-changing landscapes, but we hope that sensible reforestation coupled with wildlife-friendly conservation will help to revitalize the ecosystem for koalas and countless other creatures for many years to come.
If you have any questions regarding our tree planting campaign please contact us through our form or email email@example.com
Need to claim your tree planting certificate?
Please contact us with the subject heading "One Tree Planted Certficate" along with the name you would like it made out to and we will email you your very own certificate for printing or posting on social media.