Sustainably Sourced

Sustainably Sourced

“You have the theology of a tree hugger.”

That’s what Dr. Matthew Sleeth heard from his pastor when he first suggested planting trees outside their school; there has often been a divide between environmentalists and people of faith, at least in the United States. Dr. Sleeth wondered about this, and after some research, went on to write a book. I discovered it while listening to podcast episode 179 of That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs.

I read Reforesting Faith, and found that I am a treehugger, too. (You can listen to the author himself read the book on audible.) I learned that the children I support in Haiti are suffering so much in part because of the deforestation that has happened there. When large areas are deforested, it destroys the land, the environment, and even the culture. The domino effect of clearing acres of trees without replacing them ultimately destroys human life as well.

The Live Oak in our backyard

I’ve always loved trees: the giant southern Magnolia in my grandma’s backyard; the Live Oak in my own backyard in Jacksonville, Floria; the Japanese Maples I’ve planted at every home I’ve lived in for the past twenty years.; the redbuds that are the first sign of spring in the Illinois woods; the pink Dogwoods that grew in Tulsa where I spent all my holidays as a child; the fir trees we chopped down for Christmas each year when I was growing up; the amazing Paper Bark Birch trees I discovered on a family camping trip to Canada in the 1980’s; the mammoth Weeping Willow in my friend’s yard that danced, curtsied, and bowed in the wind; the Mulberry trees that grew in our yard where we picked sweet mulberries to eat in late summer; the Evergreens that grow so uniquely from Florida to Colorado and beyond, each with their out variation of intricate beauty; the Cherry Blossoms I’ve long-wished to stand beneath in Washington D.C.

The Ocala National Forrest in Florida

So when I learned that all these beautiful trees were both an expression of creative beauty and a life-sustaining force in our backyards, parks, and forests, I knew my small business, depended on trees for it’s very production of custom cabinetry, had to also participate it protecting this natural resource. Just ONE TREE can provide the daily oxygen needs for up to four people (source: USDA.org; also see tree benefits at the Arbor Day Foundation).

We all are tree huggers at heart… even if we don’t know it yet.

– Kira Kyle
Together, we can reforest the earth a few trees at a time.

So Kitcheart is partnering with organizations, farms, and people around the world who seek to reforest the planet. One such organization that is doing incredible work like this is Plant with Purpose. They work to reduce rural poverty and environmental destruction by planting trees and equipping farming families around the globe to heal their damaged ecosystems, increase farm yields, improve nutrition, and improve their household economies. To date, Plant with Purpose has planted almost 40 million trees, and for each cabinet that you purchase through Kitcheart, more trees will be planted. This means that your cabinetry will contribute MORE trees to the environment than it removes from it!