The EcoClean PROPS partner for June 2014 is Austin based non-profit, RAINFOREST PARTNERSHIP. We are proud to support their mission to partner with people who live in and around tropical rainforests to develop environmentally sustainable economies that protect and regenerate their forests.
By working with communities to develop and market products made out of raw materials found only in the rainforest or by providing services that are unique to rainforest, The Rainforest Partnership helps rainforest communities create income that allows them to protect their forests. By developing the market for these products, locally, elsewhere in Latin America, and in the U.S., sales of these goods and services give residents a financial stake in protecting their forests.
Their model is collaborative, bottom-up, and results-driven. They work with communities that want an alternative to deforestation. By enabling communities to have an active role in project design and implementation and by using market-based approaches they collaboratively prevent deforestation and foster economic development. By creating a global network—linking people to people, community to community—they create long-term economic and environmental sustainability.
The Rainforest Partnership believes that the way to protect the “lungs” of the planet is to help the people who live in those “lungs” have a better standard of living, to grow their economy in harmony with their rainforest. Our vision is that, together with our partners, we will become a global leader in the development of sustainable economies to preserve tropical rainforests around the world.
Please help us support this important work by coming in to EcoClean on a Wednesday in June. 5% of your order will be donated directly to the Rainforest Parnership!