Our tree planting partners keep their cost per treed down as they collect most seeds from nearby remnant forests. If they are required to supplement the seeds, they are purchased from local, trusted seed banks. Please note Eden not purchase seedlings; they grow seedlings in their nurseries to ensure quality and germination rates.
A large majority of the trees we plant are mangrove species, and at 3-5 years of age, this species begins to produce and drop its propagules, which can be used to give rise to a new tree. In the beginning, our partners collected resources from existing forests, and now they are producing an abundance of resources from their own forests.
When the need arises, they purchase seeds in bulk and at a low cost from local sources. Many of the trees we plant are mangroves that only grow along coastlines, creating "coastal forests," if you will. This provides the trees with an irrigation system that is largely self-sufficient and reduces the costs associated with irrigation.
All of our partners international employees are paid fair wages that have been transformational for their quality of life. Because our projects are in developing nations, this cost, combined with the speed and efficiency of the planting processes, allows our tree planting partner to plant a large volume of trees at a very low price.