In 2018, Cofoco entered into its first tree planting partnership with the Green Earth Appeal through the Carbon Free Dining (Carbon Free Cofoco) project. We started by planting approx. 35,500 trees in Tanzania based on sales of catering for Christmas lunches and New Years menus. In the beginning of 2020, we entered into an agreement with Reforestation LATAM in Mexico, where the goal is to plant 300,000 fruit trees over the next 2 years. Since 2019, our guests at the restaurants have had the opportunity to contribute to the tree planting, and by the end of 2020, in collaboration with Cofoco Food, we have planted a total of 195.173 trees!
Our tree planting project means that you can CO2 neutralise your meal when you dine with us. A tree absorbs the equivalent of a tonne of CO2 during its lifetime, which saves the atmosphere from the harmful gases that affect the climate. By planting trees, all our guests can contribute to the fight against the pressing climate challenges one meal at a time.
Both organisations behind the tree planting projects work to establish ecosystems and sustainable forestry and agriculture in resp. The Usambara Mountains of Tanzania and Veracruz, Mexico. In short, the projects aim to educate and strengthen local communities with the knowledge and tools to restore biodiversity and establish self-sufficient, sustainable ecosystems - for the benefit of the locals and the overall CO2 content of the atmosphere. In addition to contributing concretely to local development, the trees have a measurable effect on the amount of CO2, since each tree in an average lifespan (expected 40 years) absorbs around 1 tonne of CO2.