We're in a climate crisis. The environmental cost of making a T-shirt is huge. It takes the same amount of water that a person drinks in 2.5 years to make a single cotton T-shirt, plus over 2kg of eCO2. If it's never even worn, all of those precious resources were spent for nothing.
Equally, the environmental benefit of planting a tree is huge. It helps us fight against climate change by taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, it provides a home for a diverse range of species, and it gives us clean air to breath.
A race director or event organiser can simply add a tick box next to the T-shirt sizing selection on their entry form which says, “I don’t need another T-shirt – please plant a tree for me instead”.
Instead of buying too many T-shirts, the organiser pays us for the cost of the T-shirt and we plant a tree for the participant instead.
Participants who want a T-shirt still have the option of getting one.
We have already purchased land in the UK, and we are planting native forest of oak, birch, rowan and alder. We've got a certified planting scheme and we always plant the right tree in the right place.
Once we have planted the tree we will send a certificate via email to the participant with a picture of their young tree, details of the species of tree we have planted and a geo-location address on what3words.
If you're an event participant and you care about the environment, please help us by sharing this page with the event organisers!
Race directors and event organisers can demonstrate they are serious about tackling waste and show their green credentials. The world gets more trees, with all the carbon sequestration and ecosystem benefits they bring. We all waste fewer resources making things people don’t need. New forests are created, and ultimately we help the planet fight against climate change.