On this Earth Day, we are celebrating funding from Designtex for the Oka Trees of Hope Reforestation Project. One of our newest Help Build™ projects, Oka Trees for Hope aims to restore up to 300 acres of degraded land to a mixture of biodiversity-rich forest and fruit orchards. Reforestation creates biodiversity, enhances wildlife habitat, improves air and water quality, provides soil filtration, controls erosion, and prevents heat islands. Our Help Build™ carbon offset project approach provides essential early funding to projects with uncommon social and environmental benefits.
Designtex is a recognized innovator in the research and development of textiles, wallcoverings, and digitally imaged materials with reduced environmental impact. This month marks its fifth year in a row of operating as a carbon-neutral company.
To mitigate its emissions this year, Designtex is helping to fund the Oka Trees of Hope Reforestation project, situated near the Oka National Park in Greater Montreal, Quebec. Planting, scheduled to begin this spring, will include a mix of native species to recreate the natural habitat, as well as a 10-acre orchard of apple trees. The Quebec Apple Cooperative will provide technical support for operations of the orchard, and the fruit—a goal of nearly 10,000 20-pound bags per year—will be donated to local schools and food banks in the greater Montreal region.
Deidre Hoguet, Designtex Director of Sustainability and Material Exploration, told us, “Designtex sees global warming as one of the most pressing concerns facing businesses and individuals. This year we are happy to support an innovative reforestation project that will add carbon storage to our planet, while simultaneously increasing wildlife habitat and providing fresh produce to local food pantries and schools.”
Overall, it is projected that the Oka Reforestation project will generate total carbon offsets of 40,000 metric tons over the next 50 years.
Read more about the Oka Trees of Hope Reforestation Project here: