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Get to know our partner Tree-Nation

Planting trees has proven to be one of the most effective solutions to combat climate change. That's why Skinome collaborates with Tree-Nation, a non-profit organization that helps individuals and companies plant trees to offset carbon emissions. The organization was founded in 2006 and has since planted over eight million trees around the world - a work we are proud to be a part of together with our customers.

We've interviewed Maxime Renaudin, founder of Tree-Nation to hear more about their important work.

What is Tree-Nation, what are you working on and who is the team behind it?

Tree-Nation is a non-profit organization that works to replant forests all over the world. We are a multicultural team based in both Brussels and Barcelona. I founded Tree-Nation in 2006 and it has been quite a journey as the interest in sustainability has evolved a lot since then. What we do is to help citizens and companies participate in reforestation and to guide them in the sustainability mindset.

Why is it important to plant trees?

The fact that we lose trees every year makes deforestation one of the worst environmental offenders right now. Various scientific studies show that planting trees is the cheapest and most effective way to combat climate change. In addition to that, planting trees brings other benefits such as it cleans water, counteracts malnutrition, prevents floods and it protects habitats for hundreds of species.

Can you tell us about some of the projects where Skinome's customers can plant trees and give an insight into these specific projects?

Skinome plants trees in various projects around the world, for example in Madagascar, in Tanzania and in other tropical areas. These areas are particularly important because it is where trees grow the fastest and thus capture carbon dioxide at the fastest rate. It is also where we have the most deforestation and the most animal species. In addition, the tropical regions are some of the poorest in the world, which means that local people do not have the ability to solve the problem themselves.

Some criticize tree-planting projects, saying they lack diversity in the trees they plant. How do you see this and what do you do to prevent this?

I understand what you mean, we have read quite a few articles on this topic ourselves. These articles refer to a classic type of tree plantation for wood / cellulose projects and it is not the type we handle at Tree-Nation. Basically, you can have a plantation that is intended to produce only one type of tree, with the aim of harvesting the trees when they are mature. But that's not what we do. What we do is replant. It's like anything in life, food can be healthy or unhealthy depending on the type of food involved. The problem is that the journalists who write the articles do not distinguish between different tree planting projects due to digging for scandals in a hot topic.


For updates on our projects at Tree-Nation and for more information on how many trees we've planted, visit our Skinome forest here .

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