Our Commitment to World Land Trust

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If you have been browsing the Empatika website and blog, you will have probably realised by now that the environment is very important to us – we like to make it very clear! That is why we support various charities and environmental projects all over the world, aside from designing and crafting deluxe eco furniture for environmentally conscious homeowners.

As a carpentry company working with timber, it is very important for Empatika to work in a responsible and ethical way. Unfortunately, much timber from around the world is still sourced illegally, and logging continues in endangered forests and rainforests. Not only does Empatika have a strict timber procurement policy, but founder Tristan Titeux actively takes it upon himself to make his suppliers and clients more aware of the imminent environmental issues facing the world today.

Tristan says, “Education is key. Most people simply aren’t aware of how dire the situation is, or that most of the cheap furniture you buy can be constituting to illegal logging and deforestation. I always try and persuade my clients to go for one of our eco options – even if it’s just an eco-friendly solvent-free paint. Every little helps!”

About the World Land Trust.

Empatika has been supporting our chosen charity, World Land Trust (WLT), since 2013 and has, to date, saved 40 acres of tropical forest in Colombia. WLT is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife. Funds raised go towards land purchase and protection. In some parts of the world WLT is able to purchase and save threatened forests for £100 an acre and Empatika has chosen to support the Colombia Buy an Acre project. This reserve safeguards some of the world’s most endangered rainforest, and all the species that live there.

Aside from all these actions which occur every day, Empatika also supports charities which are committed to saving the world’s trees and green spaces. The World Land Trust works all over the planet to save threatened habitats worldwide. There are various projects and appeals, such as Plant a Tree campaign but the one Empatika decided to support is called Buy an Acre.

This project works in a different way to how you might expect – it’s not signing a petition to stop bulldozers going into a rainforest or donating to a project which helps re-plant trees after they have been logged. It aims to prevent any of this happening by buying the land where forests lie – money makes the world go round, after all!

The World Land Trust is saving forests around the world, acre by acre. It works with partner organisations across the world to buy up parts of a rainforest and protect them forever, by turning the acres into nature reserves. This means it will be private protected land and a safe haven for trees and wildlife. For supporters who can’t afford to buy a whole acre, people can donate the money to protect half an acre or a quarter of an acre too.

Tristan realised this project was fundamental in saving the world’s forests, so made a pledge to all of Empatika’s customers: Spend £5,000 on our bespoke furniture service and we’ll buy an acre of rainforest in your name. So for every customer who reaches that spend on fitted furniture, another acre will be saved – an encouraging thought.

Sir David Attenborough, a famous natural historian and national treasure, is the Patron of World Land Trust. In a lecture on Biodiversity and Business he said, “The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.”

This commitment from a small business to the World Land Trust says a lot about its owner and what he is trying to achieve. Tristan always thinks of the bigger picture, and while he is passionate about furniture design he knows it has to become more sustainable for the future.

Tristan says, “We are a small company and I am taking it on myself personally to make my customers more aware of the issues that concern our environment. I am very passionate about not taking more than we can and not destroying things like our amazing forests, that have been around for thousands of years. We cannot rob our children of the resources they will also need to use in the future. Taking action to be sustainable and sharing our resources fairly and equitably is what we want to do – I hope you share my view and decide to be a part of it.”

And watch this video about it:

Sir David Attenborough encourages support for World Land Trust

View the highlights from Sir David Attenborough, Simon Barnes and Malcolm Preston speaking at WLT event ‘Biodiversity and Business: The Cost of Life on Earth’ in Jan 2012 (4 minutes).

Here are some of the other main ways in which Tristan promotes his environmental activism through Empatika:

Always using responsibly sourced, low chemical wood

Offering recycled materials such as straw as an alternative to wooden furniture

Offering recycled materials such as straw as an alternative to wooden furniture

Using renewable energy and green, recycled stationery in the office
Supporting WWF Forest Campaign to erase illegal logging

Designed sustainable furniture made with waste pieces of wood – read all about Milo furniture in Tristan’s furniture book

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