13. May 2022

Two forests full of neon green trees

Since launching our neon green account, we have already planted over one million trees. To celebrate this milestone, we're taking our partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects to the next level — with with two dedicated neon forests! We’ll explain where they will grow and how the whole thing works.

Eden Reforestation Projects has been our reliable tree planting partner since the launch of our sustainable everyday account neon green — since May 2021, we have already planted over one million trees with the non-profit. With its initiatives, Eden Reforestation Projects not only rebuilds the planet by planting trees, but also provides sustainable and lasting support for the local communities. You can read more about our collaboration here.


We upload here the certificates that we receive quarterly from our tree-planting partner Eden Reforestation Projects. Transparent, in neon style.

April 2022 Planting Certificate Haiti Planting Certificate Madagascar
July 2022 Planting Certificate Haiti Planting Certificate Madagascar
October 2022 Planting Certificate Haiti Planting Certificate Madagascar
January 2023 Planting Certificate Haiti Planting Certificate Madagascar
April 2023 Planting Certificate Haiti Planting Certificate Madagascar

Our neon forests

After the milestone of one million trees planted, we have decided to take the partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects to the next level — with two dedicated neon forests. The first neon forest will be in southern Haiti, the planting area is called «La Vallee DP». The second is called «Ankarafantsika 3» and is located in the north-western Mahajanga region in Madagascar.

Eden Reforestation Projects will plant a total of 2'200'000 trees in «La Vallee DP» and «Ankarafantsika 3» over the next five years — a maximum of 440'000 trees per year. Our neon forests are so-called «Shared Designated Planting Sites». This means that we plant the area together with other partners. Because we are new to the planting site, you can see in the pictures that reforestation has already started in the area: The local population grows seedlings and plants them as soon as they are big enough.

For those who have now done the exact (and correct!) maths: We plant a lot more than 440'000 trees per year. Currently, all neon green users plant between 80'000 and 90'000 trees per month, depending on the month, which means a little more than one million trees planted per year — the growth of our green community not included. In concrete terms, this means that next year 440'000 trees will be planted in our neon forests, the rest will be distributed by Eden itself to the various locations in Nepal, Madagascar, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Honduras and Nicaragua — Eden decides where the trees are needed most. Read more here.

A brief digression #1 — Haiti and Eden

Years of deforestation in Haiti have had devastating consequences for the Caribbean island: only 1% of primary forests remain, and the UN estimates that another 30% of the remaining trees are destroyed every year. Eden Reforestation Projects saw a great need for action and began its work in Haiti over 10 years ago. At the very beginning, tree nurseries were opened in four provinces — in the now ten planting areas, Eden's focuses on implementing agroforestry techniques that protects watersheds and improves food security amongst the local population.

On an area of 4'226 hectares, all native tree species from Haiti will be planted, such as Leucaena leucocephala, Delonix regia, or Gliricidia sepium. In addition, by planting mangroves, Eden's team helps stabilise coasts and reduce erosion caused by natural disasters. Eden also equips local farmers with the necessary training, tools and seedlings to increase their food production and biodiversity.

A brief digression #2 — Madagascar and Eden

Madagascar is one of the world's top priorities for biodiversity conservation because of its native species and severe habitat loss. 75% of Madagascar's species are unique to the island and only 10% of primary forests remain. The destruction of mangrove forests along the coast has on the one hand led to mud being washed into the sea, destroying once productive fisheries, and on the other hand increases the vulnerability of coastal communities to cyclones, tsunamis, and floods.

In response to the large-scale loss of mangroves, Eden began reforestation in Mahajanga in 2007. Together with the local community, Eden cleared the estuary of dead trees, collected a variety of native plant species and planted trees at low tide. Less than a decade later, the area has become a thriving mangrove forest, leading to the return of a healthy aquatic ecosystem.

What began in 2007 with mangrove reforestation was expanded in 2012 to include a variety of dry deciduous forests in the highlands - as well as our planting site in the Ankarafantsika National Park. The park is home to eight endangered lemur species and 70% of the 820 plant species in the park can only be found in Madagascar.

What's next for the neon forests?

Eden teams take geotagged photos in the field — this is how planting sites are tagged with location coordinates to accurately document plant establishment and growth over time. The Haiti and Madagascar teams forward the photos to Eden's US verification team, who in turn check the coordinates of the photos. This ensures that the photos are taken within the correct planting boundaries. Eden measures progress at 6-month intervals, starting immediately after planting and continuing for at least three years after project completion.

Eden shares the photos with us after a successful review, and we share them here with you — transparent in neon style.

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