Leading bespoke garage door manufacturer Rundum Meir (UK) Ltd has undertaken to plant between 50 and 100 trees for every door sold as part of its support for the pioneering environmental organisation the International Tree Foundation (ITF).
The company has pledged to be a supporter of the ITF, a non-profit, non-political, conservation organisation involved in planting, maintaining and protecting trees, which in 2020 helped to plant more than 805,873 trees. From its origins in Kenya in 1922 today the ITF works across Africa and the UK, working with partners to restore forests and woodlands, conserve habitats rich in biodiversity, and help communities who rely upon forests develop prosperous sustainable livelihoods.
With a great many of Rundum Meir’s garage doors manufactured using timber, the company has always offered customers premium quality products from sustainably sourced materials. This new commitment, however, enables the company to go further and take a more proactive step on the path towards a low carbon, more sustainable future.
Danesch Missaghian, Director of Rundum Meir (UK) says: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the ITF whose work is crucial in the battle to preserve, restore and create new forests both here in the UK and across the globe. We’ve made an initial donation to enable the planting of 1,000 trees in Kenya but that is just the start of our support – with every door sold we can now offset the carbon impact of our products and assist communities by paying for the planting of 50 to 100 trees.”
The ITF, whose patron is HRH Prince of Wales, ensures that Rundum Meir’s support will plant the right trees, in the right places, and for the right reasons. It says that according to estimates by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, between 300-350 million people around the world depend directly on forests for their livelihoods, including around 60 million indigenous people who rely almost entirely on forests for their economic activities.
And OECD calculations state that 90% of people living in extreme poverty depend on forests for at least part of their livelihoods. Deforestation and land degradation directly threaten the livelihoods of vulnerable and indigenous groups around the globe, and this indirectly affects us all due to biodiversity loss and increasing atmospheric carbon concentration.
Rundum Meir UK manufactures bespoke garage doors in a wide range of different types of timber and continuously reviews these options to ensure species are removed from sale if scientists declare them unsustainable. Their aim is to support the planting of 20,000 trees by 2025.
Find out more about Rundum Meir UK at www.rundum.co.uk.
And to support the International Tree Foundation or find out more about the work they do visit www.internationaltreefoundation.org.