One print. One tree

That's a win for the planet and a win for humankind.

One print. One tree

Canva has been working hard to come up with sustainable printing solutions and One Print, One Tree is one of the many solutions we have invested in to minimize and offset the impacts of the print industry.

So how are we doing this? For every print order made with Canva, we will plant one tree.

Why plant trees?

Canva is on a mission to become carbon positive by the year 2023 and planting trees is one of the most economical and effective ways to capture and store greenhouse gases.

Canva’s One Print, One Tree initiative is the first 1-for-1 reforestation program of its kind and will contribute towards the planting of over one million trees in its first year, which will over time capture up to 100,000 tons of carbon. With projected growth of print orders, we will add to this every year.

How do we select planting sites?

Planting sites are selected based on the degree of deforestation and poverty in the region. We’re committed to working alongside local villages and communities to achieve a successful and longstanding reforestation effort. By providing jobs and creating a sense of ownership, we reduce poverty and increase the chances of success.

Who do we partner with?

We have partnered with Reduce. Reuse. Grow. Inc. (RRG), a Sustainability-as-a-Service business that operates programs to help offset impacts from print, consumer packaged goods, and technology industries. RRG will manage the tree planting process on our behalf.

By working in these countries not only will Canva be contributing to the fight against climate change by planting carbon-sequestering forests and mangroves, but we’ll also be delivering ecological and social benefits to the local populations.


How does this program help communities?

Our partners in these restoration efforts ensure to employ local villagers in these planting efforts, creating an economic boost. These landscapes have been devastated by poor forest management practices and the land along with the people are suffering.

By employing locals in the planting and protection of these restoration sites, these projects also combat the negative effects of deforestation in terms of both watershed health and wildlife diversity. In doing so the land again begins to flourish and provides sustenance to the local people’s wildlife.


Reforestation Sites 2021

Moraharivo, Madagascar

Our planting partners in the Betsiboka River are focusing on restoring its precious mangrove forests. The estuaries of the Betsiboka were once surrounded by mangrove forests that held a variety of habitats for unique plant and animal species. For centuries, local Malagasy people have relied on the fish and shellfish living in these ecosystems for sustainable food sources. The mangroves’ deep root systems are also vital for stabilizing the coastline and reducing erosion.

  • Type of Reforestation – Mangrove
  • Size of Site – 872 hectares
  • Trees per Hectare – 10,000
  • 2021 Hectares Restored – 20
  • Carbon Sequestered per Hectare – 840 metric tons
  • Total Estimated Carbon Sequestered – 16,800 metric tons

Mahubo, Mozambique

Located in the district of Boane, the Mahubo site has an area of approximately 82km. The local village is made up of over 100K people, most of whom rely on agriculture for subsistence. The area has seen a massive loss of its mangrove forests due to the overharvesting of charcoal and timber. Canva will be restoring an area of approximately 20 hectares by planting over 200,000 mangroves, specifically the native species of Rizhopora, Ceriops, and Bruguiera.

  • Type of Reforestation – Mangrove
  • Size of Site – 645 hectares
  • Trees per Hectare – 10,000
  • 2021 Hectares Restored – 20
  • Carbon Sequestered per Hectare – 840 metric tons
  • Total Estimated Carbon Sequestered – 16,800 metric tons

Kitiligini, Kenya

North of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, the village of Kijabe stands on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. It is known for its dry steep terrain and Afromontane forests. This unique forest in Kenya is home to many pastoral communities that rely on the local ecosystem to sustain themselves and the economy. Due to deforestation events related primarily to charcoal harvesting, the land is highly degraded. Our restoration partners will utilize multiple methods of reforestation, including farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) to help restore the area.

  • Type of Reforestation – Afromontane
  • Size of Site – 1493 hectares
  • Trees per Hectare – 2,500
  • 2021 Hectares Restored – 20

Aquin Bay West, Haiti

Over-harvesting activities for firewood and construction material have decimated mangrove forests along the coastlines of Haiti. Pollution, sea-level rise, and hurricanes also play a part in threatening the health of mangrove ecosystems by blocking or disrupting the tidal flow. Reforesting the southern coastline is crucial not only for the ecosystem but for the health and safety of local communities. Planting mangroves will help protect the local people from the destructive forces of hurricanes that too often hit Haiti.

  • Type of Reforestation – Mangrove
  • Size of Site – 338 hectares
  • Trees per Hectare – 10,000
  • 2021 Hectares Restored – 9
  • Carbon Sequestered per Hectare – 840 metric tons
  • Total Estimated Carbon Sequestered – 7,560 metric tons

Philippines

At the beginning of the last century, 70% of the Philippines was forested, but this has rapidly declined to a low of about 18.3%. This is largely due to deforestation along with land degradation and has had devastating consequences on biodiversity. With over 304,000 acres of forest cover destroyed in the Philippines each year, the remaining forests could be gone by the year 2036.

With more than 20,000 endemic species, the Philippines is recognized as one of 17 nations that, together, hold two-thirds of the earth’s biological diversity.

With this in mind and the Philippines being such an important part of the Canva family (our largest offshore team is based in Manila), we’re driven to action. Through this program, the Canva Community can make a difference across the world and in our own backyard.

One Print, One Tree by numbers

>1 M
trees planted in 2021
100,000
tons of carbon sequestered over 25 years
3.4kg
(7.4/lbs) of carbon sequestered per tree per year
84kg
(185.2/lbs) of carbon sequestered for each print order on average

One Print, One Tree FAQs

No, we are not physically planting trees ourselves. We have partnered with Reduce. Reuse. Grow. Inc. (RRG), a Sustainability-as-a-Service business that operates programs to help offset impacts from print, consumer packaged goods, and technology industries. RRG will manage the tree planting process on our behalf.

By working in these countries not only will Canva be contributing to the fight against climate change by planting carbon-sequestering forests and mangroves, but we’ll also be delivering ecological and social benefits to the local populations.

Our partners in these restoration efforts ensure to employ local villagers in these planting efforts, creating an economic boost. These landscapes have been devastated by poor forest management practices and the land along with the people are suffering.

By employing locals in the planting and protection of these restoration sites, these projects also combat the negative effects of deforestation in terms of both watershed health and wildlife diversity. In doing so the land again begins to flourish and provides sustenance to the local people’s wildlife.

RRG will manage the tree planting process on our behalf in five key locations, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Haiti, and The Philippines. We will expand on these planting locations each year.

These sites were chosen because they allow us to maximize the environmental benefit we deliver while also driving positive impacts to the residents of the regions in which we plant.

There are two key elements to choosing reforestation sites. The first is that reforestation must present a benefit to the local population. Due to the unsustainable relationship between the land and the people, communities suffering from deforestation are often the same as those living in extreme poverty.

It is essential to be committed to and work alongside local villages and communities to achieve a successful and longstanding reforestation effort. Our partners utilize an “Employ to Plant” methodology to benefit the members in the local communities in which your order benefits. Through steady employment, impoverished villagers can begin to afford daily necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, medicine, and ultimately realize the benefits of having a healthy forest to sustain their community.

As our program continues to grow, together with RRG we will be introducing new restoration sites around the world.

RRG will ensure the planting of native trees that are appropriate for the site. Our partners will never plant or introduce any invasive species. At times, sites will include the planting of a percentage of agroforestry species for sustainable community use.

This is dependent on the region in which we are planting. The answer is either commercial nurseries or direct seed collection. For this first year, most of our seeds will be collected by the local villagers from nearby remnant forests. If required to supplement the collected seeds, seeds are purchased from local, trusted seed banks. All of Canva’s seedlings are grown at restoration partner-specific, local nurseries to ensure quality and germination rates.

The majority of Canva’s print order-generated projects are on government land that is under the direct authority of the local community. Some of our smaller-scale agroforestry projects in Haiti are on private land owned by farmers.

The trees are owned by the local communities who actively participated in the restoration of their regional forest. One exception is when agroforestry trees are planted on land owned by local farmers. In such cases, the farmers own the trees along with the proceeds from the trees.

RRG has a network of restoration partners who will work with people from the local community to recruit planting teams. It is our goal to plant trees as well as alleviate extreme poverty. Work will be given to people living below the poverty line in those communities in order to create a reliable source of income for them and their families.

The various planting methods we use include singling or farmer-managed natural regeneration, seed balls, seedling nursery, bare-root transfers, and mangrove propagule planting.

As soon as possible. Sometimes it will be as soon as three months until your tree is in the ground. This depends on the country your tree is allocated to and the seasonality for planting.

We make every effort to ensure the forest we plant becomes permanent and sustainable.

Towards this end, our restoration partners work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity and we do not plant in logging areas. Their teams hire local villagers to plant the trees so that there is an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project, and they also supply local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel-efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves) which reduces and/or eliminates their dependence on charcoal. Finally, they hire forest guards as part of the labor force. In fact, one of our planting partners, Eden Restoration, has recently created a Forest Guard Endowment Fund whereby one cent of the price of each tree is put into a fund for long-term guarding and protection of the reforestation sites.

A percentage of seedling and propagule mortality is inevitable. What RRG has discovered is mortality becomes irrelevant as natural regeneration begins to occur and begins to multiply impact. At mangrove sites, natural regeneration typically exceeds 200% of the original number planted. The same is true of the dry deciduous sites in Madagascar.

To begin with, close to 1.2 million. This number will increase as print orders increase.

No. We source paper from sustainable sources, separate from our reforestation projects.