Beyond Sustainability

At tentree, their goal is to become the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet. tentree don’t just want to reduce the negative impact of the apparel industry; they strive to use it as a vehicle for change. Tentree’s purpose is to revitalize our environment and inspire a generation to believe that they can do the same. As a part of this ongoing goal tentree commit to planting ten trees for item purchased; and as a ten tree customer you can register your item and see exactly where your ten trees have been planted! Just ten trees can have a signifiant impact on ecology, the environment and ecomony of a local area. 

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Ten trees...

  • provide meaningful employment to impoverished areas.
  • provide locals with over 6,000 pounds of fruit per year.
  • absorb over 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
  • prevent soil erosion and return dry, arid land to its once fertile state.
  • protect species of animal critical to the world’s ecosystems.

The tentree goal is to plant 1 billion trees by 2030.

 

Eco Materials:

tentree believe that a commitment to sustainability extends beyond planting trees. In fact, it is woven (pun intended) into everything they do. Every tentree item is made using a blend of sustainable fabrics. Here, you will find a few examples of some of the environmentally progressive fabrics used in tentree products. Whether it is organic cotton, recycled polyester, cork, or coconut; you can feel good about how your product is made, and what it is made with!

Coconut buttons
Not only do they look amazing, coconut shell buttons are a durable and sustainable alternative to petroleum-based, plastic buttons. Coconut buttons are made from the natural by-product of coconut shells and are used on our button ups, henleys and more

Hemp
Hemp is one of the most sustainable natural fibres on the planet. Grown without the use of any pesticides or herbicides, tentree hemp blends are some of the softest pieces you will ever own. The fibres are incredibly strong, naturally anti-microbial and UV resistance. Perfect for a hike up the mountain or relaxing by the campfire.

Cork trim
In an effort to create an even more environmentally progressive product, tentree have introduced cork trims. By stripping the bark from sustainably grown cork trees, it promotes growth and increases the lifespan of the tree. Cork is used instead of leather on patches, drawcord tabs, zipper pulls, and more!

Organic Cotton
All tentree Cotton is certified Organic meaning that you can have the confidence that it was grown without the use of any harsh chemicals or pesticides. Conventional Cotton uses more insecticides than any other major crop. Research has shown that this can cause many adverse effects on the soil, water, air, and more. tentree’s commitment to Organic Cotton has helped prevent the use of tonnes of chemicals, which helps reduce the impacts on the environment.

Recycled Polyester
The use of Recycled Polyester instead of virgin polyester is dramatically better for the environment with estimates as high as 75% reduction in CO2 emissions to create than virgin polyester. tentree Recycled Polyester is made using recycled bottles and/or PET manufacturing waste that is turned into useable polyester fibres. The use of recycled polyester reduces the dependence on new petroleum-based products and is a major step forward in creating a globally sustainable clothing industry.

Tencel
In our opinion, TENCEL™ Lyocell is the most progressive fibre available! The material comes from eucalyptus trees, which are fast growing, require no pesticides or insecticides, and need 1/5th of the land to make the same amount of fabric as cotton. The yarn manufacturing process is fuelled by 100% renewable energy and uses 80% less water than conventional fibres.

Modal
Modal is a bio-based fibre that is made by spinning reconstituted cellulose from beechwood trees. The trees are a completely natural and sustainable source of raw material as the beechwood forests self-rejuvenate. Modal’s natural composition doesn't trap body heat or perspiration, making it ideal for moderate and leisure activities. The end result is a fabric that is breathable and incredibly soft.

Linen
This plant-based fibre is made using the entire flax plant. tentree linen is blended with organic cotton creating a fully biodegradable fabric; the flax we use requires no pesticides, minimal water and low impact dyes. Eco-linen is also breathable and lightweight to keep you cool in the heat of summer.

Manufacturing:

Manufacturing is one of the key areas where tentree pursue social equity and environmental sustainability. It is a widely held belief that the garment manufacturing industry is oppressive and irresponsible. Not only do tentree believe that they are capable of changing this; they believe that it is our responsibility to do so. To make a broad sweeping statement that tentree will avoid all international production is to accept that there are issues that cannot be fixed. Instead, they work to change the apparel industry through transparency, dedication, and diligence.
tentree works to promote fair labour practices and safe working conditions throughout the supply chain. They only work with socially and environmentally responsible factories that are WRAP approved, agree to yearly unannounced audits, and abide by our code of ethics. The factories tentree work with commit to fair hours of work, absolutely no child labour, fair compensation based on local laws, a safe and healthy workplace, and adherence to environmentally conscious practices.

tentree have worked to ensure that our environmental footprint is minimized throughout the supply chain by only working with factories that can source product from the local region. By doing this, they have shrunk our overall environmental impact and reduced approximately 15% of the pollution through shipping.
It is the goal at tentree to work with facilities across the globe to encourage environmental stewardship and socially responsible behaviour. As tentree further develop our supply chain, we will continue to update this information to ensure every consumer can feel good about the product they're purchasing. With every piece of tentree apparel purchased, you are not only supporting the planting of ten trees; you are also showing your support of responsible manufacturing.

Tree Planting:

tentree are focused on more than just planting trees. They want to help change lives. Not only does reforestation revitalize dry arid soil and provide a substantial oxygen supply, but it directly benefits locals living in the area by providing wood for fuel, food, and fodder for livestock, as well as permanent and seasonal employment. tentree have partnered with not-for-profits across the planet to ensure tentree has a truly global footprint, and can identify the regions that will benefit most from our planting

Ten trees can have an incredible impact on the ecosystems we plant in. All trees planted are local species, often times in some of the harshest regions. tentree use "pioneer" species to ensure survival and aim to plant in areas that have the greatest need. This includes Madagascar, where mangrove forests have been devastated, leaving locals with infertile farmland and completely wiping out thriving ecosystems, and Ethiopia, where entire forests have been cut down. This has left the population subject to the effects of flooding, resulting in much of the remaining farmland washing away.

Everyone can relate to the need for tree planting and the incredible impact it can have on the environment; an impact that does not simply end once the ten trees have been planted.

tentree's goal is to ensure that ten trees survive for each item sold. Historically, their planting projects experience up to 90% survival so tentree in fact plant extra trees to ensure they stay true to their commitment of ten trees.

The numerous social and environmental benefits of each tree planted will likely outlast any tentree product purchased. Not only do the trees live for 20-30 years, but they also propagate seedlings which in turn grow into more trees. This is the reason ten trees can make such a difference. For every item sold, these trees will benefit the region for centuries to come.