How We Give Back!
Partnerships With Indigenous Communities:
Planting Trees in Madagascar:
With every purchase, customers are able to donate $0.65 to offset CO2 emissions with Ecodrive, an organization that supports in fighting climate change. We also match the donations.
Where does the money go?
With these donations, it goes toward the cost of the seedling, and the wage of the local villagers we hire to plant and maintain the growth of the trees, ensuring that the trees have a high survival rate. Mangroves are planted because they are one of the most highest carbon absorbing trees in the world which will support us in carbon reduction. HOW EPIC IS THAT?
Planting Trees in the Amazon
We donate to the Yawanana Tribe in support of their reforestation project. The idea of the Project arose from reflections made by the community itself on the quality of life in which the Yawanawa of Aldeia Mutum currently live. Although they have an extensive area in their territory, there are some areas that have already been deforested to make the traditional swiddens and that today are "capoeiras", that is, areas that over the years have been expanding more and more, without taking any advantage.
We believe that by reforesting the entire "capoera" area with native and regional fruits, as well as native and regional straws, it is possible to have more abundance in their villages and more quality of life in the area of overall health. The idea of reforesting goes beyond having a good quality of life. The project brings with it the rescue, strengthening, valuing the culture of the custom and the tradition of the Yawanawa people. As well as awareness and education in caring for our forest, that is, when we plant trees, fruits, straws we are not just planting a tree, we plant hope, we plant life, and we generate awareness in young people to continue the work we are doing today. To plant is to bring our customs back, as it has everything to do with our food and our food is directly linked to study and spiritual growth according to Yawanawa knowledge.
The fruits being planted are but not limited to Acerola, Organge, Cacao, Graviola, Manga, Guiaba, and some native plants to the Yawanana such as: Pama, Yaw, and Shekexi.
Building wells in Africa!
Upful Blends also has supported the people in Tanzania with providing wells in their village so they can have access to clean drinking water.
Here is HOW and WHY we are creating an impact there.
The purpose is to eliminate the problematic lack of access to clean water, which would indirectly offer solutions to many other problems that challenge the people of the developing world today. Access to safe water is an essential tool for addressing most poverty and health problems, so by installing an avenue for clean water, this "ripples out," and indirectly affects: the overall health of the area, improving the sanitation methods and hygiene of the people, providing a sustainable solution to the hunger problem, bettering the economy, and playing our part in putting a stop to the spreading of the HIV/AIDS virus.
Partnership with a Chief in the Amazon - Building a School
After Chantel visited the forest of Ecuador, and met with a community called the Sapara Tribe in the beginning of 2021, she learned how their land, as well as, their culture is slowly dying off due to corporations trying to take over their land for industrial purposes. This in turn caused a lot of culture, and life of the tribe to die off, leaving them with little to no resources to rebuild their legacy.
Chantel has invested into and partnered with the leader of the Sapara Tribe and other education leaders for a project consisting of a 6 month development phase for their new school “Shimaka” a pedagogy developed by the Sapara Nation of Ecuador. This pedagogy’s ultimate goal is to train young leaders, and sages globally who can take on the ecological crisis, and forge a new, sustainable path for the future based on forest wisdom.