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TreeEra cleans up garbage and builds communities

Garbage and Coffee events celebrate simple environmentalism

September 13, 2017 by Centaine Tyler on Tree Era

Through the spring and summer, volunteers gathered for cleanup events in Calgary’s inner city, before gathering for coffee as a reward. The events were aptly named “Garbage and Coffee.”

The cleanups were hosted by TreeEra, an organization dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of individuals and businesses.

TreeEra is committed to saving the environment in an easy, approachable manner. “We wanted to show people that doing good doesn’t have to be complex,” says Melissa Fellows, TreeEra Community Manager. “It’s a way to meet people in your city who share your values and want to do something good for the community.” The events were held in Mission, Inglewood, Altadore and 17th Avenue, each yielding several bags full of trash over a one-hour walk.

TreeEra partnered with local coffee shops like Phil & Sebastian’s, Monogram, and Our Daily Brett to provide coffee at a discounted rate for the event participants. “It reflects the idea of TreeEra,” Melissa adds. “Helping the environment while building a community.” The program was intended for summer only, though Melissa hints that TreeEra may host similar events through the colder months.

TreeEra is a service that allows individuals and businesses to have anywhere from 1-1000 trees planted on their behalf through a yearly subscription. The trees are being planted in a forest north of Kamloops, B.C. that had been destroyed in a fire. They’re also in the process of securing more land in the United States and Canada.

The organization has recently launched a retail program, selling bracelets made with reclaimed wood by Playfield, and their own embroidered patches. Purchase of a patch causes five trees to be planted; a bracelet generates three trees.

TreeEra is committed to planting 1 billion trees, one simple act of environmentalism at a time.

TAKE ACTION:

  1. The final Garbage and Coffee event will be on September 17 in Kensington. Email Melissa to register!
  2. Click here to learn more about TreeEra subscription plans for individuals and business.
  3. Purchase a TreeEra bracelet or patch for an easy way to plant trees.
  4. Connect with TreeEra on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  5. Vote for TreeEra as your favourite local business in REAP’s 2017 Be Local Awards!