Our mission is to inspire people like you to reforest, protect and restore our plant.
Through a simple subscription, Sprout enables you to plant trees, protect forest, offset your emissions and reduce your personal footprint.
So lets unite and embark on a mission: to protect our environment from the impacts of climate change and hand over a healthy planet to the next generation.
This is our chance.
Planting new trees and protecting old forest
As a subscriber to Sprout, you will be planting 12 new trees each month, through our partnership with Eden reforestation.
We also directlyoffset your carbon footprint through forest conversation projects that has an immediate effect on co2 levels in the atmosphere.
Our reforestation projects with Eden take into account species diversity, nativity, and how trees can provide ecological benefits like soil stabilization and habitat for local wildlife.
Carbon verified forest conservation
Your newly planted trees take time before they can sequester carbon.
This is why we also fund forest conservation projects that are verified by Gold Standard and directly offset your carbon emissions.
We love being transparent
85% of your money goes directly into planet-saving projects. The rest covers a budget to help us spread the word and develop the platform.
On your profile, you can see which projects you have supported, the id-number and location of your trees, and your certified cO2 offsets.
3rd party audit
We answer your questions
Why focus on forests?
Forests are critical ecosystems and incredible carbon sinks. Trees are the most scalable and efficient way to remove carbon today. Forests are so important that every single international climate plan includes dramatic measures to protect and restore forests. Beyond that, forests are also hotbeds of biodiversity, providing a home to the majority of animals and plant species on the planet. They’re important to regulating heat and clean water. Forests are a source of livelihood and home to many communities around the world.
How does the tree-planting work?
For all the support of planting trees to combat climate change, there are also many headlines which find holes in the solution. It points to the fact that planting a tree anywhere in the world, by anyone, and given any level of care, can have variable results.
With Sprout the trees that are planted through our platform are among the most well loved, carbon sucking trees that ever did grow!
We work with Eden Reforestation, who hires local villagers to plant and protect the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The villagers have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.
Eden has planted more than 583 million trees around the world in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, and Central America.
How does the forest protection work?
Because it takes years for new trees to grow and start sequestering large amount of carbon, we work with Gold standard and Pachama to fund certified forest conservation projects that hinders deforestation of existing forest and stops additional carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
Project developers use the funds to cover costs of patrolling, protecting the forest, verification activities, and community efforts. Remaining funds go to the landowner who is committed to protecting the forest instead of developing the land.
These rainforest conservation projects are top-quality carbon credit projects that avoid greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. We only fund offset projects that qualify for carbon credits and meet the highest verification standards, such as Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard.
How does this offset my carbon footprint?
Your footprint is offset through certified carbon credits from our projects. Carbon credits are measurable, verifiable emission reductions, but they also bring a whole host of other positive benefits, for example, they empower communities, protect ecosystems, restore forests or reduce reliance on fossil fuels. A single carbon credit is equal to one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent gases.
Many experts believe that carbon markets previously were flooded with unverified credits that did not represent real carbon reduction. Our team at Sprout wants to change that. We work only with projects that have third-party verification and pass our own standards.
In our case, our projects conserve and protect forests in danger of being cut down. They earn certified carbon credits by avoiding the emissions associated with this clear-cutting. These are the carbon credits we use to offset your carbon footprint.
For transparency, carbon credits are assigned serial numbers and are issued, transferred and permanently retired in publicly accessible emission registries.
Can we just offset our way out of climate change?
In the hierarchy of climate action, the first and most effective option is almost always to reduce our own emissions. Protecting forests and restoring natural ecosystems is vital both for wildlife and the climate, but we should be doing that as well as cutting our personal emissions directly, not as a substitute.
This is why your Sprout subscription also contains fun monthly sustainability challenges for you to try out and begin your journey to low-carbon living!
How is my carbon footprint calculated?
The average carbon footprint is different depending on the country you live in. There are lots of different factors that affect this but the main one is how energy is consumed, this accounts for 73% of worldwide emissions.
To calculate your footprint we work with the law of averages. We combine data from the World Bank which reports CO2 and other greenhouse emissions that occur in your country of residence, and we know that the average carbon footprint is around 10 tonnes of CO2 per year for the average European citizen and closer to 16 tonnes for the average US citizen.
It’s very likely your carbon footprint is way beyond the targets for limiting a climate catastrophe. Even if your food is plant-based, local and in season, there’s a mind boggling carbon cost for almost anything you spend your money on.
Climate projects you support around the planet
Your impact visualized
Your 1.75 tonnes of Co2 is equivalent to one of the following