NOT JUST PLANTING TREES, REBUILDING FORESTS WITH EVERY SALE.
The Arbor Collective is a crew of friends with a range of approaches to what, why, and where to ride. Tying these diverse perspectives together is a shared respect for the environment. That connection is a huge part of why Arbor was founded, and continues to be a driving force at the brand.
Since day one, we’ve donated a portion of everything sold to groups that protect and restore forests, and promote the sustainable use of natural resources. This is our Returning Roots program. The effort has been centered on the Koa highlands of Hawaii. We see this as the best way to give back to the planet and culture that gave us riding in the first place. The native Hawaiians invented surfing as much as 1,000 years ago, on boards made from Koa wood. If you surf mountains, sidewalks, or swell – the Hawaiians get a nod of gratitude.
The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is our main Returning Roots partner today. This group is not just planting trees – they are rebuilding forests. By Spring 2015, they will have planted over 300,000 Koa trees on 800 acres of former forestland, with a full range of native understory plants to complete the ecosystem. The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is helping Arbor do our part in the restoration and protection of forests, while we strike an important balance with our use of sustainably sourced wood materials.
Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization with over a million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The impact we make on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs. To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation and what you can do to get involved and help plant trees, go to arborday.org.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. We’re moms, we’re surfers, we’re kids and teens… we’re you. We’re engaged to protect what we love: oceans, waves and beaches. We would love to have you join us, you can join Surfrider here.
Grades of Green is an environmental education non-profit working to make environmental protection second-nature in young minds. With over 155,000 Grades of Green students across 36 states, we’re inspiring kids and the broader school community to care for the environment and making environmental education something to get excited about! Join the movement at GradesofGreen.org to gain access to over 40 fun, free and hands-on green activities you can implement at your school.