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The Hidden Truth of Forests

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The Hidden Truth of Forests

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Whether it is your tissues, office supplies, or even your clothes, forests are to thank for all of them. We see forests in books, tv, and even in real life, without really considering how valuable they are. Forests are an essential part of our lives, and their importance is farther reaching than we tend to notice. Here are some mind-blowing facts that might give you an idea of how vital forests are to our livelihoods and the planet:

  • Forests cover 30% of the earth’s land.
  • At least 2 billion people depend on forests for their resources, including food, clothing, shelter, and/or fuel.
  • Forests are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Forests provide jobs for more than 13 million people worldwide
  • More than 300 million people live in forests, including 60 million indigenous people.
  • Forests are the world’s largest storehouses of carbon, right after oceans.
  • Forests are home to half of the world’s species.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]As much as humans rely on forests for many of our needs, we tend to overuse them as well, causing many problems for the environment. For example: There are more than 121 known natural remedies in the rainforest which can be used as medicine, but with the current rate of rainforest deforestation, these plants could be completely wiped off the planet in less than 100 years[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”23474″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_wp_text]Almost 20 football fields of forests are being lost every minute due to extreme deforestation, which is causing a slew of crises from habitat loss to unemployment. Soil erosion, floods, wildlife extinction, increases in global warming, and climate imbalances are a few of the dangerous effects of deforestation.[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”23484″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]

A fresh start

What organizations are doing to lead a green generation

[vc_wp_text]Much damage has been done, but there is always hope. People are starting to notice the effects of the recklessness that has been going on for the last century, and they are coming up with many solutions that aim to fix those mistakes.[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”23499″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]

What is FSC?

Hopes put into work

[vc_wp_text]The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization that is seeking to save and conserve forests by setting standards for all forest products and developing responsible forest management. Companies and forests that comply with those standards are certified and they also benefit from environmental, economic, and social advantages.

An FSC-certification means that the product was responsibly manufactured without causing reckless damage to the environment,  thus, saving forests, growing them, and undoing past mistakes. FSC certifications also have standards related to emission, waste, and reducing energy used to make the products as much as possible.[/vc_wp_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDaDIlMjBzdHlsZSUzRCUyMnRleHQtYWxpZ24lM0ElMjBjZW50ZXIlM0IlMjIlM0UlM0NzdHJvbmclM0VTdWJzY3JpYmUlMjB0byUyMG91ciUyMG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIlM0MlMkZzdHJvbmclM0UlM0MlMkZoMiUzRSUwQSUzQ3AlMjBzdHlsZSUzRCUyMnRleHQtYWxpZ24lM0ElMjBjZW50ZXIlM0IlMjIlM0VBbWF6aW5nJTIwZ2l2ZWF3YXlzJTJDJTIwaGVhbHRoeSUyMGxpdmluZyUyMGlkZWFzJTIwYW5kJTIwYmV0dGVyJTIwYnJhbmRzLiUzQyUyRnAlM0UlMEElM0NwJTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTVCeWlrZXMtbWFpbGNoaW1wJTIwZm9ybSUzRCUyMjElMjIlNUQlM0MlMkZwJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_single_image image=”23500″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]

Our duty

Start with small wins

[vc_wp_text]In order to save the forests and support this cause, all you have to do is start replacing your non-FSC products for FSC-certified ones. That alone will help FSC-certified companies grow and continue to do good work, encourage more companies to become FSC-certified, and will create a greater selection of eco-friendly products and options! Starting with your kitchen, we have one of the best FSC-certified companies to recommend to you: If You Care[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”23486″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]

If you Care

Good for you, good for the environment

[vc_wp_text]Created in 1990, If You Care is a brand which focuses on delivering the most environmentally-friendly and high-quality kitchen and household products.

Not only do their products benefit the environment, but they deliver to you the best cooking experiences as well! In addition, all of their products are Chlorine and Chlorine-derivatives free; which means that when disposed of, there will be no harmful chemicals dumped into water streams or any water surface. This ensures safety for all sorts of fish and microorganisms in the water and eliminates the risks of poisoning them.

Below are some of their innovative kitchen products that will bring you to the top of your kitchen game without the cost of other creatures and living organisms![/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]

If You Care Coffee Filters

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_wp_text]All Natural | Compostable | Unbleached | Cruelty-free | Vegan

This was the first product made by If You Care. They were the first and only unbleached coffee filters in North America! With their “never-break” technology, it gives coffee lovers the best experience while avoiding environmental damage as much as possible!


  • GMO, Gluten, dairy and allergen free.
  • Never-break patented wave seam ensuring no breakage and maximum flavor.

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If You Care Parchment Bags

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_wp_text]All Natural | Compostable | Unbleached | Cruelty-free | Vegan

Claimed to be the only non-stick parchment roasting bags in the US, this product offers you a new and enhanced experience of roasting your meats and veggies! With greaseproof paper instead of plastic, these bags seal the moisture and juices inside the bag to achieve maximum tenderness and flavor.


  • GMO, Gluten, dairy, yeast, and allergen free.
  • Can handle temperature up to 428ْ F.
  • Bottom seams to let extra steam out and ensure rich flavors.

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If You Care Baking Cups

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_wp_text]All Natural | Compostable | Unbleached | Cruelty-free | Vegan

Made from unbleached chlorine-free parchment paper, these cups require no greasing whatsoever. Also suitable for sweet and savory treats!


  • GMO, Gluten, dairy and allergen free.
  • Microwave safe.

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If You Care Pie Baking Pans

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_wp_text]All Natural | Compostable | Unbleached | Cruelty-free | Vegan | Kosher

Also made from the aforementioned parchment paper, they come ready to use and are ideal for making pies and baked goods. Due to their great releasing properties; they require no greasing at all, also great for gifts!


  • GMO, Gluten, dairy, yeast and allergen free.
  • Freezer and microwave safe!

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If You Care Gloves

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_wp_text]All Natural | Compostable | Cruelty-free |

Interestingly, rubber is considered a tree-based product, and with irresponsible production, it can negatively affect the environment. This product is made from FSC-certified latex, meaning that it was responsibly produced while also complying with fair-trade laws.


  • Fair rubber-certified.
  • 100% latex; strong and durable for general cleaning and tending!
  • Can be composted by cutting into small squares with scissors.

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Saving The Planet, One Kitchen At A Time

[vc_wp_text]As of January 2018, the efforts of FSC-certified companies like If You Care have resulted in:

  • 168,803,427 acres certified in the US and Canada.
  • 4,780 companies Chain-of-Custody certified in the US and Canada.

At this rate, we can save the planet and get our forests right back to how they were in no time!

So let’s do our part by supporting FSC-certified manufacturers, recommend their products, raise awareness, and go green, for a greener life means a greener planet.[/vc_wp_text]

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