Every band comes in a little draw-string fabric pouch in which you will find your band, your certificate for planting 10 wonderful Mangrove trees with the local people in Madagascar, and a thank you card which doubles a gift card so you can write a little something on it - saving you time looking for gift cards!
Why so thoughtful . . . because you are giving something beautiful, authentic, and made with love . . . You are giving
- a beautiful hand-made, sustainable band;
- you are giving them (and the planet) 10 Mangrove trees;
- you are recycling CO2 from the atmosphere to combat Climate Change;
- you are creating a home for animals;
- you are creating jobs for local people making bands, planting trees and looking after them; and finally
- on your behalf we support animal and human charities which is something we will do more of over time, beginning with adopting animals with the World Wildlife Fund.
Both cards included in your little gift set - the planting certificate and gift card - can be personalized by you with a message for the person to whom you are giving the present.
Your Planting Certificate
Your planting certificate testifies to the planting of your trees and can be addressed to anyone if it is to be a gift. It states that each band plants 10 trees in Madagascar and recycles 220 kilograms of CO2 every year for the life.
Wording on the certificate is taken from the United States Declaration of Independence dated 1776 celebrating the new Government's purpose which is to assure the "Safety and Happiness" of its citizens. A purpose adopted by most nations since.
The implicit point being it is a dereliction of governments' jobs not to tackle Climate Change adequately!
Your Gift Certificate
On the back of your gift card is a verse of poetry inspired by William Wordsworth to say thank you for planting the trees. It's from his poem "To a Butterfly", written in 1801. The poem paints a picture of the serenity of nature, framing the simple act of a butterfly flying and resting amongst the trees, as a moment of blissful and innocent joy.
Butterflies and trees are precious and we hope the poem and our few words of thank you (below) inspire you to feel as we do.
To A Butterfly by William Wordsworth 1801
I'VE watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless!--not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again! This plot of orchard-ground is ours;
My trees they are, my Sister's flowers;
Here rest your wings when they are weary;
Here lodge as in a sanctuary!
Come often to us, fear no wrong;
Sit near us on the bough!
We'll talk of sunshine and of song,
And summer days, when we were young;
Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now.
STAY near me--do not take thy flight!
A little longer stay in sight!
Much converse do I find in thee,
Historian of my infancy!
Float near me; do not yet depart!
Dead times revive in thee:
Thou bring'st, gay creature as thou art!
A solemn image to my heart,
My father's family! Oh! pleasant, pleasant were the days,
The time, when, in our childish plays,
My sister Emmeline and I
Together chased the butterfly!
A very hunter did I rush
Upon the prey:--with leaps and springs
I followed on from brake to bush;
But she, God love her, feared to brush
The dust from off its wings.