How bunq Green Card plants trees
We’re proud to show you how bunq Green Card, with the help from our partner Eden Reforestation Projects, plants real trees and where we chose to plant them. Here’s how it all works!
Quick note: all photos from this blog post are from our tree-planting partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Thanks guys!💚
From paying at the checkout, to planting a tree
As you may know, the bunq Green Card plants a tree for every €100 you spend, but surely it can’t be that simple? Well, it is! Every time you spend €100 with your bunq Green Card, our system confirms the payment and we donate a tree to our partners at Eden Reforestation Projects.
Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit organization on a mission to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. Since they started in 2005, they have planted over 265,000,000 trees across 82 different project sites! It’s not only the number of trees they’ve planted that’s impressive, but also the jobs they’ve created to help lift locals out of extreme poverty.
Deforestation is a serious environmental issue. Around the world, it’s been linked to problems such as animal extinction, pollution, climate change, natural disasters and forced migration. It’s up to all of us to make a difference and help heal the lungs of our planet - so we decided to take action!
On a monthly basis, we’ll fund the trees that you plant with your bunq Green Card. This money goes directly to Eden Reforestation Projects to provide a fair wage to local workers and plant trees in Madagascar. Why Madagascar? They have huge reforestation needs and Mangroves, trees native to their environment, capture large amounts of carbon!
Why we chose to plant trees in Madagascar
With the bunq Green Card, we decided to help with reforestation in Madagascar. The island nation has experienced some of the most severe forest loss of any country on earth, where more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed. This has real consequences for the unique wildlife that lives there, since 75% of the animal species found on Madagascar aren’t found anywhere else in the world.
The deforestation of Madagascar has also caused serious problems for locals. Agriculture makes up 60% of the economy of Madagascar and is one of many causes of forest clearing, but the industry is a victim of deforestation too. Without plants to anchor the soil down, the chances of that soil eroding increases. Erosion happens when loose soil makes its way into waterways which can pollute the water and create unstable flows, causing rivers to flood and lakes to shrink.
There are also problems along the coastline. Mangroves, trees native to Madagascar, contribute massively to the environment (despite making up less than 1% of the global tree population). They capture large amounts of carbon, protect marine life and shield coastlines from natural disasters. Mangroves capture carbon at a rate 2 to 4 times greater than mature tropical forests - so they’re important in the fight against climate change. That’s why we plant them with bunq Green Card!
The impact you can make
The trees you plant through Eden Reforestation Projects capture 308kg of carbon throughout their estimated 25-year growth-life. Spend €1000/month with your bunq Green Card? In just 5 years, you can start offsetting your yearly carbon footprint and become fully carbon neutral!
Want to know the impact you’re making? You can see this in the bunq app! Once you spend €100 with your Green Card, you’ll plant a digital tree and can watch your virtual forest grow over time.
We believe that it should be easy for people to make a positive impact on the environment. That’s why we’ve made it simple for you to make a difference, just by using your Green Card in your day-to-day life. For only €99/year, you can help create a greener planet with zero effort.
Let’s see how many trees we can plant together.