The Rainforest Alliance, established in 1986, has two main aims. Firstly, it works to conserve the rainforests, and secondly it aims to ensure that the farmers who operate in the rainforests enjoy a sustainable livelihood. Put simply, as stated on the Rainforest Alliance website “we believe that the best way to keep forests standing is by ensuring that it is profitable to businesses and communities to do so”.
Support their work this Christmas by choosing a gift that is certified by organisations such as the Rainforest Alliance, and find out how your purchase could make a difference to producers and their families across the globe.
Why Buy Rainforest Alliance Certified Gifts – What Difference Will It Make?
Major food producers, including Mars Incorporated and Kraft Foods, have commited to sourcing cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farmers. As well as this, the Rainforest Alliance, works towards:
- protecting the environment and the surrounding wildlife
- providing workers with portable water supplies, healthcare and education
- promoting the need for sustainable livelihoods for farmers
What Rainforest-Friendly Gifts Are Available?
There is something available to suit all personalties and a wide range of budgets. Look out for books printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Gibson guitars are made using FSC certified sustainable wood, and rainforest-friendly holidays can also be booked, at sustainabletrip.org. The holidays offer hotels and destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean that have been proven to support the environment and the communities involved.
Back home, look out for FSC certified Christmas cards, music CDs with eco-friendly paper cases and garden tools made from sustainable wood. For the person who has everything, why not give them the opportunity to adopt an acre of rainforest? The Nature Conservancy offers a chance to adopt an acre of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica for $50. The donation pack includes a map, fact sheet, certificate and other items.
There is also the usual list of food and drink produced with the backing of the Rainforest Alliance – including coffee, teas, chocolate, cocoa, nuts and fruit. Why not make your very own personalised eco-friendly hamper to give as a gift? As well as helping out the lucky recipient, you will feel safe in the knowledge that you have supported the industries and communities of the rainforests while giving your gift.
When shopping for gifts this Christmas, it makes sense to consider some of the more eco-friendly options currently on offer. From books to CDs and garden tools to rainforest adoption packs there is something for everyone.
Look out for the Rainforest Alliance and FSC logos while out shopping for gifts this Christmas.