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World Tree Technologies

United States
World Tree Technologies
World Tree is a group of investors, farmers, scientists, and activists who are committed to a new kind of forestry. Our innovations in forestry can help to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Our programs are based on one of the fastest-growing trees in the world: The Empress Splendor (botanical name Paulownia). When you invest in World Tree, you are investing in eco-timber farms across North and Latin America. You are supporting farmers and protecting our forests. Profit-sharing.

Best Practice Achievements

Sustainable Materials
We make a conscious effort to manage our materials selection, seeking materials we are confident are sustainable, such as legally harvested forest products, responsibly produced plantation products, and recycled content:
Recycling and Reclamation
We factor disassembly, recyclability and product reclamation into buying decisions. We offer a product reclamation/product reuse policy:
Return and Reuse
We use recycled or recyclable packing/packaging materials, offer blanket-wrap transportation arrangements for customers and have a carton return/reuse policy:
Chain of Custody
We ask for verifiable chain of custody documents (i.e. legal logging certifications) before buying products containing wood:
Decrease use of Toxic Chemicals
We have decreased our use/acceptance of known toxic chemicals for treatments, binders and finishes, replacing compounds that compromise indoor air quality and are harmful to human health:
Low Environmental Impact Textiles
We are asking our vendors for textiles that have a lower environmental impact, i.e. organic cotton in place of conventionally-grown cotton, as well as seeking other eco-friendly textiles:
Life Cycle Analysis
We are moving forward on doing a Life Cycle Analysis and/or are applying for SMaRT certification:
Local Sourcing
We extract, manufacture and distribute for consumer use within a 500 mile radius for at least a portion of our product line:
Third Party Certifications
We hold third party certifications for some of our products, or as a store, we promote and educate the consumer on the meaning of various third party certifications:
Sharing the Wealth
We take responsibility for sharing our commitment to sustainability up and down our entire supply chain, rewarding our vendors with increased business for partnering with us on sustainability issues:
Social Responsibility Code
We have a written Social Responsibility Code of Contact that is a baseline for employee relations:
Supplier Responsibility
We have written and distributed a Supplier Responsibility Code of Conduct for our vendors and conduct training at our partner facilities on the adoption of same:
Health and Safety Code Compliance
We and our partners meet or exceed all local health and safety codes and can document our health and safety working conditions in all our facilities/stores:
We Pay Living Wages
We pay a living wage rather than minimum wage and extend that around the globe:
We Sponsor Sustainability Events
We have participated in or sponsored in-store, community and/or regional educational events on sustainability and the environment:
We Inspect
We investigate and mitigate any negative environmental impacts from our operations:
Save Paper and Other Office Resources
We save paper and other office resources with a policy expressing an aversion to excess written documentation:
We Use Energy Specialists
We have had an energy specialist or utility company audit to measure our conventional energy usage and are on track to reduce it. We are replacing a portion of the energy we consume with certified renewable energy, either directly, via a program of our local utility, or via Green e-Power:
Updated Inefficient Equipment
We have replaced outdated and inefficient equipment, identified and changed wasteful resource procedures and implemented tighter operational controls:
Energy Efficient Lighting
We have increased the use of day lighting and/or are upgrading to more energy efficient lighting system:
Verified Sustainability Claims
We make only verifiable sustainability claims in adherence with FTC mandates against greenwash and in support of their Environmental Marketing Guides:
Committed to Training
We are committed to conducting training in-house and in the broader community about global climate change and our partnership with the SFC:
In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On reducing energy consumption:

We are planning to utilize the world's fastest growing hardwood and the carbon sequestration capabilities that comes with it to draw down carbon and create heirloom quality products with the wood and fiber. The more use of Empress Splendor (paulownia) lumber and fiber, the more trees that can be planted, the more carbon can then be pulled back out of the atmosphere. The renewable rate is 8-12 years, meaning from seedling to a high quality, straight grained, lightweight hardwood in about 10 years. and the tree grows back from the original stump up to 6 times. It is a replacement for old growth timber which should be protected.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On how we will manage our primary material or service to a more sustainable direction:

Partner with farmers. Farmers plant and maintain the Emperss splendor tree, trimming the low branches to grow better lumber, and taking care of the tree. In return, they receive 50% of the net revenue from the sale of the lumber.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On education and promotion of the sustainability cause:

Impact 7 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals - 1 - No Poverty - $ for Farmers and Communities
5- Gender Equality = $Female found company
8 - Decent work and Economic Growth - Jobs for farmers in 5 countries
12 - Responsible consumption and production - Sustainable source of timber
13- Climate Action - Absorbs CO2 Preserves forests
15 - Life on Land - Soil restoration Pollination
17 - Partnerships for the Goals - Uniting Farmers with investors