William Painter x One Tree Planted
Buy a pair of sunglasses & plant a tree
BEYOND THE FRAME
At William Painter we strive to be more than just a faceless brand... We are a team of six individuals and friends that take care of each other, work hard, challenge ourselves, and strive to reach almost impossible goals. Not only do we work really hard on making the best products, but we also value our time outside the office with friends and family. We built William Painter to be something more than just a brand, we built it to drive us to do more for the world (as well as ourselves) than just make products and sell them. We believe in uncompromising quality, we do not just make products for the sake of making them. Every product we make is something that we PERSONALLY want and is done with careful consideration to not only the materials but to the human beings helping us create them.
It took lots of travel (which included sleeping on floors *if sleeping at all, flying standby), and developing relationships, as well as a ton of testing and research to find the most durable materials in the world. We found the best possible combination of materials for unrivaled durability, style, and comfort… something that we would truly wear everyday. We wanted all of our materials to be able to withstand anything we/you could throw at them while living that beautiful thing we all call life. We are aware that as part of the fashion industry we are playing a role in the Carbon Emissions emitted in our environment. We decided that we need to do better, challenge ourselves, and try to set a better example for future generations…
We have partnered up with One Tree Planted a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For every pair of sunglasses sold we will plant a tree to help reforestation efforts, make an impact on local communities, protect biodiversity, and create a healthier environment for our planet. Trees are vital for the environment as they help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. They also provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
It was way past time for us to do our part. We hope you can join us along this journey. It's been a fun one, and it's only getting better from here… :)
WHY ARE TREES IMPORTANT TO THE ENVIRONMENT?
Trees help to clean the air we breathe. Through their leaves and bark, they absorb harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks, offset carbonCand reducing the effects of climate change.
Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. Their intricate root systems act like filters, removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the soil. This process prevents harmful waterslide erosion and reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Association, a mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000 litres of water every year.
A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Depending on the kind of food and shelter they need, different forest animals require different types of habitat. Without trees, forest creatures would have nowhere to call home.
For more information on how trees impact the environment visit our friends at https://onetreeplanted.org/pages/tree-facts.
BY PLANTING A TREE YOU CAN HELP OFF SET SOME OF YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES (even if we're conscious we all have a footprint!)
-4.0 tons of CO2 annually 24 trees
Make every drop count, taking just minutes off your shower makes a significant impact! The average person showers an extra 7 minutes everyday over seven years. Save water by turning off the water while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, taking quick showers or by using a low flow shower head.
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Cell Phone Use
-5.6 tons of CO2 annually 34 trees
Did you know your iphone has a major impact on the earth? If a person uses their phone for one hour per day over a year they would emit 1.4 tons of CO2.The average person spends 3-5 hours per day on their phone, which means over a year the average individual would emit 5.6 tons of CO2 for phone usage. 4 tons CO2 x 4 hours = 5.6 CO2
-1.8 tons of CO2 annually 11 trees
The average person watches 1.5 hours of Netflix every day, not including your binging of Yellow Stone or Big Little Lies.
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-7.5 tons of CO2 annually 45 trees
Turn off electrical appliances when they are not being used and unplug them as they still can consume energy when they are off but plugged in. Not only does this have the potential to save you money but will reduce CO2 emitted.
Plastic Water Bottle
-5.2 tons of CO2 annually 32 trees
The average person drinks about 156 plastic water bottle a year! This is equivalent to 3 ounces of CO2. 3 ounces x 356 days = 1,068 ounces x 156 = 166,608 ounces to tons is 5.21
HOW CAN WE DO BETTER?
Big change can start as as small as:
- Save energy, Unplug your electronic appliances
- Turn your thermostat down by 2 degrees, use natural lighting as much as possible, switch over to LED bulbs and smart appliances.
- Shop your farmers markets (support local!) and shop seasonal fruits and vegetables or grow your own food
- Buy second hand items
- Not only does it usually lead to a good bargain, but by buying previously owned items you are helping to eliminate waste that comes from mass produced products. If you want to buy new clothing, research the brand and they use sustainable practices.
- Avoid single use plastic
- Bring reusable coffee mug to coffee shop 🚫 to plastic water bottles and straws
- Drive Less Gas emissions are a big issue in terms of our individual carbon footprint
- Bike, walk or ride the bus to work!
- Use waxed cloth instead of plastic wrap for food
- Remember your reusable bags, mugs and cutlery for all outings
- Wearing clothes more than once before washing them.