At Maria Nila we are proud to work with Plan Vivo, a non-profit organization that leads projects within emission reduction that creates social and environmental benefits in poor rural communities.
Each year we calculate the total emission outlet of CO2 from our packaging and operations and by the end of the year we then climate compensate for an equal amount. Since 2016 until December 2022, Maria Nila has contributed to the planting of more than 280 000 m2 of forest in Nicaragua. This wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support from our customers all around the world – so thank you for choosing Friendly!
The CommuniTree project
Maria Nila support Plan Vivo’s project CommuniTree together with Taking Root. They collaborate with farmers in some of the poorest parts of Nicaragua for reforestation of forests. This is achieved by encouraging farmers to replant the under-utilized parts of their farms in exchange for direct payments. The farmers' families are offered an income and the project helps to mitigate the effects of climate change. Farmers can work on a long-term basis and focus on caring for the forest instead of shutting down for economic results in the short term.
The project impacts both the local communities as well as the environment:
- CommuniTree creates thousands of job opportunities every year and in 2022, almost 1200 small farms joined the project.
- In 2022, CommuniTree planted 6 million trees. Since the start, over 13 million trees have been planted.
- Though the project, over 9,300 hectares of land has been reforested.
- Taking Root and CommuniTree have also launched a biochar initiative that aims to improve the health of the forests and soil, give farmers a new source of income and stores additional carbon in the soil.
How Maria Nila works with sustainability
On top of climate compensation, we are constantly looking for new and more sustainable materials for our products and when we produce new products, we try to weigh in reusability when it comes to packaging as well as try to use as much recycled and recyclable materials as possible. Read more about our work here.