The Envira Amazonia Project involves numerous local and international partners that will collectively protect nearly 500,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest - from conversion to large-scale cattle ranches and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 15 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, which reduces the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Moreover, fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2

The Envira Amazonia Project is now being reviewed for verification to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction for exceptional biodiversity and community benefits, along with Gold Distinction for climate change adaptation measures.

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To review the complete Project Documents and submit comments for the Envira Amazonia Project, please visit the following link during the official Public Comment Period of October 7, 2015 to November 6, 2015: 

The Envira Amazonia Project is a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project that shall mitigate deforestation, preserve extraordinary biodiversity, and provide alternative economic opportunities to local communities.  


Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures and benefit the local communities include, but are not limited to: agricultural extension training courses; boat patrols of potential deforestation sites; improving local schools and health clinics; and developing local infrastructure to collect, transport and sell locally-sourced açaí, medicinal plants and rubber. 

The Envira Amazonia Project is also providing a variety of essential ecosystem services such as: erosion and flood control; water cycling, filtration and storage; oxygen production and nutrient recycling; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian plant and animal species including several vulnerable tree species and numerous endemic bird species. 


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Throughout 2013, will be recognizing our business partners who are reaching their fifth and sixth years as CarbonFree® Partners.  Part of this recognition includes special tree-plantings, 10 for each partnership year, by in honor of each of these anniversary Partners.

The CarbonFree® Business Partnership and this special tree-planting commemoration augment the environmental responsibility that many of our business partners exhibit in their ongoing operations.  One such partner, LATHER, producing skin care products that inspire a healthier more radiant life, maintains various sustainability initiatives as part of their environmental commitment.

LATHER offers its customers an in-store packaging recycling program and has pursued more environmentally sustainable plastic packaging made with EcoPure, an organic compound that accelerates natural biodegradation in plastics.  

Since 2008, LATHER has partnered with to offset the carbon footprint of their corporate office.  To date, LATHER has offset over 40,000 pounds of CO2 emissions through projects supporting renewable energy, methane destruction, and reforestation.  This equates to the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered each year by almost 16 acres of US forests.

When notified of the 50 trees planted for their 2013 CarbonFree® anniversary, our friends at LATHER pointed out that the traditional five year anniversary theme is wood. 

LATHER acknowledged the benefits of tree planting efforts and the wide range of ecosystem services that trees contribute, including their ability to:

Produce oxygen - without which life would not be possible
Absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to mitigate climate change
Improve local air and water quality by filtering pollutants
Restore biodiversity while providing habitat and nutrition for wildlife
Control flooding by minimizing runoff and topsoil loss
Protect against storms such as Southeast Asia’s monsoons and hurricanes in the Caribbean
Help regulate water and nutrient cycles (e.g., phosphorous and nitrogen)
Create jobs managing tree nurseries, planting and care
- Provide various aesthetical, spiritual and cultural benefits to local communities

We're proud to partner with LATHER to help them continue their commitment to environmental sustainability and to helping others lead a more radiant life.

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