The earth gives us so much, and giving back is easy. The least we can do as a green technology business is practice carbon-neutral techniques and help replenish what’s been lost. Each year, in addition to our ethical practices in graphic design and web hosting, Fairwind Creative proudly contributes a portion of our earnings, and volunteer time, to the organizations below—ones making huge strides to conserve our planet.

Global Reforestation

To help support global reforestation, Fairwind has partnered with One Tree Planted, where every $1 donation = 1 tree planted. We proudly contribute 5% from every one of our projects to help support this cause.
$  500 project = 25 trees
$1,000 project = 50 trees
$1,500 project = 75 trees

You choose which region(s) you'd like to allocate your tree plantings—Canada, Brazil, Europe, Australia, and many more!

Maximum contribution $1,000 (5% of a project valued at $20,000).

One Tree Planted - United Nations

Trees draw down carbon, release oxygen into the atmosphere, build the foundations of biodiverse ecosystems, and provide habitats for wildlife. But we’re at a pivotal moment for forests. By cutting down forests and building more infrastructure, humans are diminishing biodiversity and increasing the risk of disease pandemics such as COVID-19. We need to be giving back.

One Tree Planted has projects across the globe, each one designed with local ecological restoration in mind, and so native trees are selected to ensure adaptability and permanence. During 2021 alone, they planted over 23 million trees (more than double that of 2020) spanning over 37,000 hectares (91,000 acres), 45 countries, and 139 different projects.

Wildlife Education

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Northwest Wildlife Preservation SocietySince 1987, Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society (NWPS) has been preserving wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. They focus on providing free wildlife education and stewardship programs to disadvantaged people throughout British Columbia. While they work mainly with children and youth, they work with all kinds of groups including but not limited to public and private school classes, summer camps, youth groups, boy/girl scouts, retirement homes, First Nations groups, and new immigrants. By fostering a connection with nature, and developing the imperative leadership skills and passion in young people especially, they are ensuring the natural world will continue to be preserved for its own intrinsic value and for the benefit of all.

Animal Advocation

Animal Shelter Volunteer

BCSPCA and WildARCThe British Columbia SPCA is a non-profit animal welfare organization which advocates for animal protection legislation, operates animal shelters, and runs educational workshops and public awareness programs throughout BC.

The BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) provides care to injured, sick, orphaned, and distressed wildlife, with a goal of releasing recovered animals back into the wild. Human activity affects over 80% of the animals treated. Wild ARC strives to reduce this impact by educating the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature.

Ocean Protection

Seaforestation

Ocean WiseSeaweed is nature’s underrated superhero, and it helps fighting climate change more effectively than many other methods. Although trees are the saviours of climate change on land, 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean.

Seaweeds are some of the fastest growing organisms on the planet. Species like kelp grow up to 30cm per day, and their towering canopies help shelter animals from the effects of ocean acidification through increasing the pH of the surrounding waters. Like trees, seaweeds photosynthesize – meaning they absorb energy from the sun and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, then release oxygen back into their surroundings, offering a powerful and scalable carbon drawdown solution. They foster beautiful and diverse ecosystems, habitat, food, and oxygen to thousands of species like herring, sea otters, and sea lions – all of whom have crucial roles to play.

Farming and restoring seaweeds can create sustainable jobs that benefit indigenous and other coastal communities and offer a nutritious food source that can play a huge role in global food security. Seaweed can be further used to make low-carbon products such as organic fertilizers, methane-reducing animal feed, bioplastics, textiles, alternative fuel sources, and the list goes on (source).

Making Waves

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island (SFVI) is a grassroots non-profit coastal protection organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. They are a volunteer-run organization comprised of passionate community activists.

  • Reducing plastic pollution
  • Promoting clean water
  • Improving beach access
  • Preserving coastal habitats
  • Protecting the ocean
Fairwind participates in 6–8 beach cleanups every year along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Oregon.
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Protecting

Endangered Species

WWF logo and Year of the TigerBecause of their immense beauty, power and majesty, tigers have sadly been hunted for centuries, nearly to the point of extinction. Since the beginning of the 20th century, wild tiger populations have declined by around 95%. Today, there are only 3,900 remaining in the wild.

Tigers spend most of their lives alone and prefer to use their natural camouflage in deep forests. To save just one tiger, we need to conserve an estimated 10,000 hectares (24,710 acres) of biologically diverse forest and grassland habitats, allowing tigers to roam, hunt, and breed. World Wildlife Federation (WWF) is working hard to secure the long-term survival of these magnificent creatures and the habitat they depend on.

Supporting

Sustainable Ecosystems

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Rainforest Alliance Cocoa Farm Training Ghana

As an international nonprofit organization with over 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, the Rainforest Alliance understands that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. They help create a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities, and focus their efforts on four closely connected issues vital to global sustainability:

  • Forests and biodiversity
  • Climate
  • Rural livelihoods
  • Human rights
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