8 Billion Trees

FAQ

How will my items be shipped?

We ship our items through USPS first class mail, and will provide you with the tracking number. 

We process orders every weekday, so if you order during the weekend, on the upcoming Monday we will package and ship your order. 

There is free shipping on orders over $57, to the continental US. Unfortunately, we cannot extend this offer when shipping anywhere outside of the US. 

Do you accept Paypal?

We do have the option to checkout using Paypal! 

For carbon offset memberships, just select the Paypal option during checkout. 

However, for physical products, we will have to manually send you a link. If you would like to pay for your products via Paypal, just send us an email at support@8billiontrees.com and let us know which products you want, along with any sizes or color choices. In turn, we will send you a paypal link to purchase them! 

What happens to the proceeds of Artisan Hand-Crafted Kenya Bracelets?

Support 8 Billion Trees? You can also support underprivileged women and plant trees in their community with the 8 Billion Trees Kenya Team!

100% of the proceeds from the Kenya bracelets specifically go directly to the women that made them, and their surrounding communities.

We are so proud of our team members in Kenya for handcrafting these beautiful, unique bracelets for you all. Not only do these women plant trees in their community to further the mission of 8 Billion Trees, they also work to spread awareness on climate issues and use these bracelets as a way to spread the word.

Of course, just as with every purchase made on our site we will also plant and conserve trees--and in this case, the trees will be planted specifically in Kenya where they are desperately needed.

What happens to the trees if I cancel my purchase or ask for a refund?

As a social enterprise, we are committed to making our dream a reality. 

Our refund policy is simple: if you want your money back, you're in charge--we'll refund you and ask no questions. The policy lasts for 30 days after your purchase.

For every canceled order or refund we pledge to cover the cost of the trees and make sure they are planted and conserved regardless… We will still plant 10 trees for the month on your behalf.

Thanks for being a part of our family, even if it was just temporarily!

What are your products made of?

Great question! If you’re wondering what the product you purchase is made of, check for it in the table below:

Product

Material

Charcoal Powder

100% Coconut Shell Charcoal (from Indonesia)

Corn Fiber Floss

100% Corn Fiber Strands

Bamboo Cotton Swabs

100% cotton on ends - 100% bamboo sticks

Plantable Paper Charms

100% Seed Paper

Envelopes are 100% Recycled Paper

Bamboo Wash Cloths

100% bamboo fiber 100% recycled paper packaging

Wool Dryerballs

100% New Zealand Organic Wool

Playing Cards

Recycled Art Paper, Recycled Box. 100% Paper

Double-Insulated Water Bottles

201SS, 304SS


SS=Stainless Steel

Bamboo Toothbrushes

100% Bamboo Brush, 100% Bamboo Fiber Bristle

Canvas Shopping Bag

100% Canvas

Recycled Glass Bracelets

100% Recycled Glass Beads

Eco-Friendly Nylon Thread

Recycled Nickel Alloy Charm

Why do you save and plant trees instead of doing something else?

Simply put, trees are the superheroes of planet Earth. While their environmental positives are well known, they also help to support countless species of plant and animal life in some of the planet's most diverse ecosystems.

In fact, they are the most efficient consumers of carbon dioxide on the planet.

Each and every year, one acre of trees absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide from the environment.

Furthermore, they help to fight against climate change, reignite natural water cycles, mitigate the spread of deserts, and revitalize "unusable" areas into fertile farmlands and woods.

Bottom line: deforestation is one of the leading causes of habitat destruction around the world. By destroying trees, humans are forcing countless species —many of them endangered— into a fight for survival.

By conserving existing trees and planting new ones, we can reverse this habitat destruction almost immediately, giving these animals a new chance at life.

From the lemurs in Madagascar to the jaguars in Brazil--we can stand as a powerful and positive force against humans destroying their homes and their way of life.

Tragically, roughly half of the Earth's trees have disappeared in the past 100 years resulting in worldwide devastation, desertification, flooding, and land loss.

Planting trees helps to raise the quality of life of Earth's people significantly, especially in less developed areas. By producing nutritious, fresh forest goods they support local economies and the health of the people who live in them.

Instead of being forced to migrate for food and livable conditions, local men and women are able to find dependable and enjoyable income that provides livable wages from the economic activities created from planting trees. This allows these parents to send their children to school, buy medicine and other crucial health supplies, build shelters, and rise from extreme poverty.

Furthermore, trees provide life and a stable ecosystem for countless species--many of which are now endangered due to rampant deforestation. They also contribute geologically, helping to stabilize coastlines and mountainsides.

By saving and planting trees you do many, many things:

Trees truly are superheros. To learn about even more reasons, view the benefits of planting trees.

How soon after my purchase are the trees planted and conserved?

We guarantee that your trees will be planted within 180 days of your purchase. It often occurs much sooner than this, however.

The precise time of when trees are planted depends on several factors including local climates and weather cycles. We focus our planting efforts in Earth's hotspots where severe deforestation is causing irreversible damage. Sometimes there is a delay as we wait for the growing season in these locations.

And your trees will be conserved almost immediately--each time you make a contribution it allows us to expand our conservation efforts in real-time so that we can fight habitat destruction now, not next month or next year.

What is the carbon offset membership?

Our carbon offset membership focuses on planting hyper-carbon-sequestering trees that have been shown to directly offset more carbon than other species.

The tree species we utilize most often is the mangrove tree, in Madagascar.

In addition to being powerful at offsetting carbon, these gorgeous trees also provide habitats for critically endangered animals—specifically Lemurs and Mouse Lemurs.

Sadly, the IUCN recently announced that Lemurs and Mouse Lemurs were the most endangered of all vertebrates.

With a carbon offsetting membership, members can erase the carbon footprint they continually generate… completely… while also saving these special animals and conserving old growth forests every month.


Why don't you just plant and save trees and not sell anything?

We love the idea of just planting trees without selling clothing items, but that model simply isn't sustainable. Planting and saving billions of trees requires a lot of resources, from the actual trees and hiring farmers to spreading awareness through large marketing efforts. As a social enterprise company, we needed to find a way to help offset the large costs of maintaining a global tree planting operation.

And if we do say...we think our eco-friendly products are pretty awesome!

Where do you plant and conserve trees?

We have a dedicated article explaining just this. Click here to read more on where we plant and conserve trees.

How many trees has 8 Billion Trees helped to plant and conserve?

Since launching November 2018, 8 Billion Trees has planted over 4,063,017 trees and has conserved over 185,329 acres of biodiverse Amazon rainforest. Additionally, we fund wildlife conservation efforts in and near the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.

How do I know the trees are actually getting planted?

Making sure our trees are being planted is our number one priority. Because of this, there are several steps we take. Our partners have photo stations along planting sites and utilize GPS coordinate tagging when taking pictures. This allows us to see–very literally–the precise location where the trees are being planted.

Plus, 8 Billion Trees biologists and team members take pictures and videos of the planting sites on a regular basis to monitor growth and the health of the plantings. Additionally, we encourage all of our supporters to review our planting projects page for live updates on our tree operations around the world.

How can I be sure the trees won’t be cut down?

A truly-effective tree-planting operation relies on educating the local community directly, and teaching them that conserving the forest is not only beneficial for the environment and habitats–it is beneficial for them as well.

This is because in many cases, the true cause of deforestation revolves around economic issues and poverty. Locals around the world illegally destroy forests as a way of survival. But through showing them innovative ways to plant, we can educate them on how to plant trees that will provide produce and resources for them, while conserving existing forests.

In this way, we are able to treat the cause of deforestation and not just the symptoms. It also makes sure that trees being planted aren’t cut down and provide a long-lasting impact on the environment.

Additionally, some of the trees are specifically designed to be trimmed periodically to provide sustainable tree products. These are species that are planted with the intent to coppice–trim and cut back occasionally to spur more growth. The trees we plant with your support are not only permanent. They are constantly growing and expanding and help provide sustainable resources year after year that will stop deforestation at its roots.

Finally, in some areas we have formed agreements with Governments to protect special lands marked as critical for biodiversity and the regional biosphere. For example, we have partnered with the Government of Tocantins in Brazil to protect and restore Lajeado State Park.

What happens after the trees have been planted?

They flourish and grow!

We don't simply plant the trees and hope for the best. A large part of our process is helping to educate farmers and growers on proper reforestation so they are equipped with not only the "how" but the "why" as well.

This includes teaching them what should and shouldn't be done, what can be cut down and what can't, how to care for the trees on an ongoing basis, and how to care for the environment at the same time.

The entire tree-planting process helps to create a sense of stewardship, responsibility, and ownership in the growers. Instilling this deep pride in the tree growers helps to ensure trees become an integral part of the local environment.

Do you plant only native species?

The issue of planting invasive species is one we take very seriously. By using only species that are native to a given area, many of these issues can be avoided.

One very important way we do this is by only using seeds from local plants--not ordering them from somewhere else. This maintains the native species' integrity and prevents us from making a negative environmental impact.

Additionally, sometimes a species of tree may be selected for its fast growth potential or shade coverage--such as banana trees--which then paves the way for more species to be planted. In this way, we can help to restore the natural biodiversity of the land and encourage the growth of a wide range of different flora.

Can I pick which country you plant the trees in?

At the time being we do not have the ability to allow supporters to choose the precise location of where their trees will be planted. Where we plant is determined by where we can have the largest impact and where animals are in desperate need of reforestation for their habitats.

Can you support my tree planting group or charity?

We are always looking for new ways to get involved with and support the planting of trees!

Please reach out to us from our contact page.

Where are you located?

Our headquarters is in southern Nevada where we operate 5 days a week throughout all seasons of the year.

Can you tell me more about your organization?

Absolutely! Please visit our about page.

When was 8 Billion Trees started?

8 Billion Trees was founded in 2018 by Michael Powell and Jon Chambers when they put forth their own money to begin making the dream of planting and conserving 8 billion trees a reality.

Since then, over 4,063,017 trees have already been planted along with the conservation of 166,000 acres of existing forest trees.

Who do you partner with?

  1. Planting Partners
  2. Business (Corporate) Partners

Are you a charity?

No.

8 Billion Trees is defined as a social enterprise company, not a charity.

What does this mean? Simply put, all revenue and profit is reinvested and used to further the company's mission of planting 8 billion trees around the globe.

Interested to learn more on why we aren't a charity? We've created an entire article explaining more.

What if I have more questions?

We would love to hear from you! Please use our contact form to reach us.