I value beauty in many forms.
And beauty to me includes our environment; our world.
I've agreed to donate 1% of my business sales to any 1% for the Planet environmental organization.
You can imagine how many different organizations there are working to save the planet.
Choosing one organization? It's been hard!
Cork Forest Conservation Alliance
A wee while ago, I received a letter from the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance based in Salem, Oregon. In the letter was this paragraph:
In addition to decreasing the cork in landfills and working with our recycling partners, we educate the public about Mediterranean cork forests that contain one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity including endemic plants and endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx, (the most endangered feline on our planet) and the Barbary Deer. A heritage of renewable cork farming also supports family farmers. It’s our calling and passion to protect the cork forests, not as a relic of the past, but as an integral part of our planet’s biosphere...
( Do you know the Iberian Lynx? This is one cool cat. )
Up until that letter, I really had no idea. I was under the impression that cork forests were disappearing; that in order to save the cork forests, we had to stop buying bottles with cork.
So after some research, I decided to send my 1% to the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance.
One cork forest is bigger than a wine connoisseur’s preference for packaging. It sustains, provides life and can come back in the form of floors, shoes and other products.
And below is a video from Patrick Spencer, Executive Director of the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance and Founder of Cork ReHarvest.