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The campaign has the goal of planting 5,000 trees across the Carara National Park.
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Published Tuesday, June 22, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

Stockholm- based bank  Klarna and shopping service Amsterdam-based company  Scotch & Soda launch partnership with Trees for All Foundation to carrying out reforestation projects in Costa Rica.

Trees for All is the only CBF recognized by the Netherlands Fundraising Regulator, providing carbon offset via sustainable forestry projects, which are all certified and guarantee the amount of CO2 absorbed. Worldwide, the organization has planted more than five million trees and shrub species, reforesting and restoring over 32 forests and offsetting 320 thousand tons of carbon dioxide since 1999, according to the foundation statement.

"Trees are one of Earth's most precious resources supporting our ecosystem and forming our rainforests, which are home to half of the world's plant and animal species, essential to maintaining a stable climate and a vital water source,"  said Simone Groenendijk, Director of Trees for All.  " We are very happy to have Scotch & Soda and Klarna help us in accomplishing our mission to plant more trees worldwide and restore degraded forests."

The campaign has the goal of planting 5,000 trees across the Carara National Park, located in Puntarenas Province. With every first-time purchase made with Klarna on the site, a tree will be planted on behalf of each customer, certified by Trees for All.

The park is one of the most biodiverse nature reserves in Central America, but due to large-scale deforestation, many of its plants and animal species have become scarce. "Trees for All aims to restore the cloud forests in the Turrubares Mountains," said the foundation in its statement.

This joint reforestation initiative celebrates the partnership between Klarna and Scotch & Soda, which was launched in October 2020. The campaign also follows the launch of Klarna's global platform earlier this year. As part of the initiative, Klarna has launched carbon footprint insights for all consumers using the Klarna app and committed 1% of all funding rounds to initiatives supporting the planet.

At the end of June, Scotch & Soda will start publishing the number of planted trees on a dedicated Trees for All page on its website. This tracking tool will monitor performance and keep customers informed of the progress made thanks to their support.

In addition, the brand commits to further protect forests by partnering with Canopy, a not-for-profit organization that collaboratively focuses on forest product procurement to protect the world's Ancient and Endangered Forests.

The global fashion industry has an important environmental impact, as more than 200 million trees are logged every year and turned into cellulosic fabric. By signing up to the CanopyStyle initiative program, Scotch & Soda pledges to have 100% of the forest-based fibers used in its collections from Canopy Hot Button 'green shirt' ranked producer, like LENZING™, by 2025, said the firm in its statement.

According to the foundation, the campaign also includes planting 5,000 trees in the Bongo District of Ghana in West Africa, as well as in other countries in the future, including at home in the Netherlands and in South-East Asia.

In May,  Costa Rica's government announced the budget of $54 million from the Green Climate Fund, GCF, which recognized in November 2020 that the country's forests had captured 14.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from 2014 to 2015.

What have you heard about international foundations developing green projects to protect the forest in Costa Rica?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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