42 Birds is proud to be a member of 1% For The Planet. We donate one percent of our profits to the following organizations to support vulnerable forests around the world:
The WWF is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, working in the field of the wilderness preservation, and the reduction of human impact on the environment. WWF helps protect endangered species, such as the Iberian lynx and Iberian imperial eagle, that depend on cork forests for survival. Cork forests are found in landscapes which cover nearly 2.7 million hectares of Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, and France.
Founded in 2008, the Cork Forest Alliance has led the cork recycling movement in the US and Canada, helping to collect and recycle some of the 13 billion natural corks that are produced each year. Equally important is its work to educate the public about the Mediterranean cork forests, the world’s most sustainable type of forestry.
Started in 1905, The National Audubon Society is one of the oldest of such organizations in the world and uses science, education and grassroots advocacy to advance its conservation mission. Named in honor of John James Audubon, a Franco-American ornithologist and naturalist, the organization continues to focus on bird research, protection and education.
What can I do to directly help support cork forests?
The best thing you can do support cork forests is to not just buy 42 Birds products, but to choose all cork products whenever possible. There is a common misconception that there is a cork shortage. The amazing thing is that there is a reverse climate change effect with cork -- the more you buy, the more you save. The biggest threat to cork when people stop using it in exchange for cheaper, non natural materials.
If you are interested in recycling your cork products, you can find a dropbox by you from our partners at Cork Forest Alliance. If for whatever reason you cannot find a convenient drop off locations, just email us as firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a pre-paid shipping label so you can send your products to us to recycle.