Sustainable Stitching

Photo taken at the top of a majestic mountain in Southern VT

Photo taken at the top of a majestic mountain in Southern VT

 
 

Tess & Thorn Trees


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
— The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
Because the everyone needs more Truffula Trees.

While we have lived all over the US and across the pond, our souls are rooted in Vermont. We grew up climbing it’s majestic mountains, collecting eggs from our very own chickens, shredding down the slopes just a few miles down the road and composting in our back yards. Our love child, Tess & Thorn, was born in Dorset, Vermont, after all. 

For us, being eco-conscious is more than just recycling. It is a mindset and a lifestyle. We recognize that not everyone has the privilege of accessibility that we do with our day-to-day choices. As a result, we are committed to creating a creative community with a high social benefit as well as a low environmental impact.

With that said, our mission is to...

  • Honor the past and create for the future
  • Encourage healthy coping strategies by way of needlepoint
  • Instill creative empowerment to those who do not identify as being artistic
  • Revitalize an endangered art form
  • Honor our planet's beautiful creatures without causing them harm or removing them from their natural habitat
  • Plant one tree for every canvas you stitch

Can needlepoint really do all of that? Why yes, yes it can... and more.

Our canvases are 100% cotton and we try to limit the fancy wrapping to a hand written thank you note.

To offset the times we cannot paint the canvases ourselves, for every canvas sold, we will plant a tree. Plain and simple.

To date, we have planted trees in four different continents! So far, these trees are supporting and reforesting ecosystems in The Amazon Rainforest, Canada, Colorado, Haiti, Indonesia and Kenya! 

Check out One Tree Planted's video below! 100 of those trees were donated and planted in appreciation of people like you!

Stitch with us, and together we will build a forest!

Appreciate the unnoticed. Nantucket, MA

Appreciate the unnoticed. Nantucket, MA

Need a little extra convincing? Here are some good ol' tree facts from onetreeplanted.org to get ya goin'!

Do you like clean air and water? Was that a "Duh?" Dope, we're off to a good start!

Tree Facts:

  • 80% of the world's forests are already destroyed.

  • DEFORESTATION COMES IN MANY FORMS, INCLUDING FIRES, CLEAR-CUTTING FOR AGRICULTURE, RANCHING AND DEVELOPMENT, UNSUSTAINABLE LOGGING FOR TIMBER, AND DEGRADATION DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
  • ONLY 20% of forests are properly protected.
  • TREES PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE WATER CYCLE, GROUNDING THE WATER IN THEIR ROOTS AND RELEASING IT INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. IN THE AMAZON, MORE THAN HALF THE WATER IN THE ECOSYSTEM IS HELD WITHIN THE PLANTS. WITHOUT THE PLANTS, THE CLIMATE MAY BECOME DRYER.
  • 70% of the world’s plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation. Loss of habitat can lead to species extinction. This is not only a biodiversity tragedy but also has negative consequences for medicinal research and local populations who rely on the animals and plants in the forests for hunting and medicine.
  • 46-58 MILLION square miles of forest are lost every year. That's equivalent to 36 football fields every minute
  • THE UNITED STATES has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
  • THE WORLD’S RAINFORESTS COULD COMPLETELY VANISH IN A HUNDRED YEARS AT THE CURRENT RATE OF DEFORESTATION.
  • 50% of all plant and animal species in the world live in tropical rainforests
  • EVERY 2 SECONDS man destroys an area of forest the size of a football field
  • CLIMATE CHANGING if forests are destroyed through logging or burning, their carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, a climate-changing greenhouse gas.
  • 80,000 ACRES of forests disappear from the Earth every day!
  • THE REMOVAL OF TREES WITHOUT SUFFICIENT REFORESTATION HAS HAD ADVERSE IMPACTS ON BIO-SEQUESTRATION OF ATMOSPHERIC CARBON DIOXIDE, ALONG WITH DAMAGE TO HABITAT, BIODIVERSITY LOSS, AND ARIDITY.
  • 300 BILLION tons of carbon are stored in the Earth's forests, which helps regulate its climate by regulating atmospheric gases, stabilizing rainfall, and protecting against desertification
  • 121+ natural remedies in the rainforest can be used as medicines
  • DEFORESTATION AND FOREST DEGRADATION CAN CAUSE BIODIVERSITY TO DECLINE. WHEN FOREST COVER IS REMOVED, WILDLIFE IS DEPRIVED OF HABITAT AND BECOMES MORE VULNERABLE TO HUNTING. CONSIDERING THAT ABOUT 80% OF THE WORLD'S DOCUMENTED SPECIES CAN BE FOUND IN TROPICAL RAINFORESTS, DEFORESTATION PUTS AT RISK A MAJORITY OF THE EARTH’S BIODIVERSITY.
  • 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next 25 years due to deforestation
  • MORE THAN HALF OF THE WORLD'S TIMBER AND 72% OF PAPER IS CONSUMED BY 22% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION (THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE, AND JAPAN). WORLDWIDE, INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES CONSUME OVER TWELVE TIMES MORE WOOD PRODUCTS PER PERSON THAN NON-INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES.
  • 20% OF CURRENT GREENHOUSE GAS Tropical forest destruction accounts for about 20 percent of current greenhouse gas emissions
  • REMOVING TREES DEPRIVES THE FOREST OF PORTIONS OF ITS CANOPY, WHICH BLOCKS THE SUN’S RAYS DURING THE DAY AND HOLDS IN HEAT AT NIGHT. THIS DISRUPTION LEADS TO MORE EXTREME TEMPERATURES SWINGS THAT CAN BE HARMFUL TO PLANTS AND ANIMALS.
  • 4/10 TREES get chopped down and are processed into pulp for making paper products such as tissue paper, toothpaste, magazines and more...
  • WITHOUT TREE ROOTS TO ANCHOR THE SOIL AND WITH INCREASED EXPOSURE TO SUN, THE SOIL CAN DRY OUT, LEADING TO PROBLEMS LIKE INCREASED FLOODING AND INABILITY TO FARM. THE WWF STATES THAT A THIRD OF THE WORLD’S ARABLE LAND HAS BEEN LOST TO DEFORESTATION SINCE 1960. CASH CROPS PLANTED AFTER CLEAR CUTTING OR BURNING — LIKE SOY, COFFEE, AND PALM OIL — CAN ACTUALLY EXACERBATE SOIL EROSION BECAUSE THEIR ROOTS CANNOT HOLD ONTO THE SOIL THE WAY TREES’ CAN.
  • 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation
  • HEALTHY FORESTS HELP ABSORB GREENHOUSE GASSES AND CARBON EMISSIONS THAT ARE CAUSED BY HUMAN CIVILIZATION AND CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. WITHOUT TREES, MORE CARBON AND GREENHOUSE GASSES ENTER THE ATMOSPHERE. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, TREES ACTUALLY BECOME CARBON SOURCES WHEN THEY ARE CUT, BURNED, OR OTHERWISE REMOVED.
  • 700 POUNDS of paper are used by the average US citizen every year

 

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