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June - Tree Update

June - Tree Update

We can’t quite believe we’re half way through 2021 already! Where on earth have the past six months gone?! We hope you are all doing okay and enjoying the extra few slices of freedom we were given last month. 

If you are in need of a positivity boost today, you might like to know that throughout the month of June your orders will be replenishing the essential forests of Bore, in Kenya. As well as this, the local Kenyan farmers will be educated on finding ways to grow new food crops. This will reduce the stress on their existing tropical forest, and mean that the trees will be able to thrive and enhance the all important ecosystems.

Six different species of tree will be planted in the area, including Eucalyptus. Doing this will help squash the deforestation rates, and benefit the 5,000 strong community in a variety of other ways too.

If we do not act now and act fast, our world is going to overheat. We need to protect and conserve the planet’s tropical forests before it’s too late. We are hoping we will at least make a small difference this month, with the help of our reforestation partners and yourselves of course. 💚

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Gift List : Fifth Anniversary

Gift List : Fifth Anniversary
Celebrated traditionally with wood, our range of fifth anniversary gifts is sure to fit the bill for any couple and, for every order placed, we plant a tree so you can rest assured that your wooden gift is sustainable and making the world a better place! Continue reading

May - Tree Update

May - Tree Update

🌲 Madagascar May 🌲

Throughout this month, your lovely orders will be planting trees in Madagascar - the fourth largest island in the whole world! Heartbreakingly, it has suffered a severe loss of mangroves and forests over the last few years, meaning the endemic species have lost their habitats.

The island also needs trees to purify water sources, control flooding and erosion, and to help replenish the soil with nutrients for farming. Deforestation here has greatly impacted the farmers’ abilities to grow crops, so they have no option but to move to the overcrowded cities looking for work. They often have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive. 

This reforestation project is hiring the local villagers to plant the trees, giving them a decent income so they can provide for their families again. The project has also transformed how the people relate to their forests - they now look for protection and stewardship, rather than just wood for cooking and construction materials. 

As more and more trees are planted, the healthy forests begin to emerge once again, and all the negative effects of deforestation start to disappear. Replenishing the dry deciduous forests will also create habitats for many endangered species, such as the iconic ring-tailed lemurs (yes…King Julien!) 👑

Once again, we would just like to express our endless gratitude for you lovely lot. You are the ones who have made all of this possible, so THANK YOU! 💚

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Gift List : Second Anniversary

Gift List : Second Anniversary

Find the perfect item for a couple celebrating their second anniversary with our range of cotton gifts!

All gifts are hand crafted and designed to your specific requirements, why not add the personal touch by including a photo from the couple's happy day or by celebrating their possibly growing family!

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April - Tree Update

April - Tree Update

Happy April! We hope you all had a lovely Easter. April is also the dedicated month to celebrate Earth Day, and the theme for this year is ‘Restore Our Earth.’ One of the most effective ways we can do this, is by replenishing the world’s forests. 

This month your orders are helping to plant trees in India, specifically for the Adivasi Bhatra Tribe. This indigenous community heavily relies on forests for food security and livelihood. They use trees for medicines, fuel, firewood, food and drink, housing materials and food for livestock. The planting of trees in this area will boost the rural economy, and help bring some life back into the community. 

The trees being planted will also include fruit bearing native species. These will improve the overall habitat and fruit abundance for the wildlife, and enhance ecosystems. 

As well as this, a plantation of bamboo will be created, which will act as a bio-fence to guard the crop field, reducing human-wildlife conflict incidences. 

Although every day is Earth Day here at The Drifting Bear HQ, today is the perfect opportunity to really reflect, and make a conscious effort to protect this incredible big ball we all live on.

Little by little, we will help save this planet. 🌱🌎💚

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World Sleep Day 2021

World Sleep Day 2021

I think it's safe to say that we've all become a lot more aware of our own health recently and what we can do to help feel rested and relaxed.  The importance of sleep is such a key factor in keeping healthy that we thought we'd share some of our own tips today on World Sleep Day!

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March - Tree Update

March - Tree Update

We can’t believe how fast this year seems to be going already! Those few days of warm weather have made us even more excited for the Spring and Summer time.

This month, the trees from all of your lovely orders will be planted in Tanzania, East Africa. Specifically, the Eastern Arc Mountains, which are a global diversity hot spot. This means we must maintain the biodiversity, especially with the population continuing to grow in this area. The people need building materials, cooking fuel, and other tree products to survive, so by assuring adequate tree availability to the communities, we can avoid the unsustainable use of the Reserves. 

We love knowing exactly where in the world the trees are being planted each month. It really makes every order that comes through that little bit more special! 

Thank you for your endless support, and remember that with every day, we are one step closer to these strange times coming to an end. 💚

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Gift List : First Anniversary

Gift List : First Anniversary

A couple's first anniversary is traditionally celebrated with paper and we have a wide range of prints that will help you remember that first special year of marriage!

Our unique selection of wedding prints include a whole variety of styles and themes that can be customised with names, locations, dates and heartfelt words.

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February - Tree Update

February - Tree Update

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you for all of your orders over this month, and Valentines Day especially! It may have been celebrated slightly differently this year, but that didn’t stop the love from spreading far and wide.

This month we continued our mission to help save the planet, by having trees planted in Nicaragua (Central America). The project in this area involves small-scale farming families planting trees in exchange for payments for ecosystem services. Through better land-use management and more sustainable use of forest resources, the project increases the forest cover of the nearby watershed, and improves the quality of life of Nicaraguan farmers. 

Your orders have helped to plant 1,937 trees in this area...wow! We’re absolutely over the moon about this, and we hope you are too!

Sending love from all of us at The Drifting Bear Co.

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January - Tree Update

January - Tree Update

A new year, new mindset, and one step closer towards a new sense of freedom. As difficult as it may be, we hope you are all continuing to stay positive…the light is finally at the end of this long tunnel!

If you are in need of a dose of positivity, you might like to know that this month your orders have been helping to plant trees in Nepal. This is a diverse nation with an abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes, including breathtaking snow-capped mountains and hot tropical planes. Chitwan National Park alone hosts more than 700 species of wildlife, including leopards and the elusive Bengal tiger. Therefore it is extremely important that we preserve the habitats and ecosystems of this area. Reforestation not only helps to do this, but also improves the local livelihoods.

THANK YOU for all your orders this month…January is usually a quieter few weeks, but this year we have been overwhelmed by the continued love and support. 

Stay safe and keep your head up! xx

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