South Africa is beautiful - and we want to keep it that way.
At Wonder Plant, we're passionate about two things:
reducing carbon footprints and lifting people out of poverty.
511 million tonnes
The amount of carbon dioxide that South Africa releases into the atmosphere each year
Percentage increase in South Africa's carbon emissions from the consumption and flaring of fossil fuels since 1994.
South Africa's carbon emissions per capita; that's nearly double the world average at 4.49 tonnes.
South Africa's unemployment rate.
Poverty and global climate change aren't little problems that are going away any time soon.
By enabling disadvantaged people to propagate and grow our incredible carbon-reducing spekboom tree, we're doing our part to tackle these tough issues.
We can go on and on about our wonder plant, the Spekboom tree. This little plant is an environmental miracle worker - and we're here to share it with you.
The star of our show, Spekboom, is a succulent tree native to the Karoo region of South Africa. Also known as Portulacaria Afra or Elephant's Food, Spekboom trees grow to between 2 and 5 meters tall and can live up to 200 years.
The plant is easy to grow and is very resilient - our wonder plant can survive frost, drought, and fire.
As with most trees, Spekboom absorbs carbon from the air to make plant tissue. Unlike most trees, however, is the degree to which this little plant can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Studies show that one tree captures 4 to 8 kg per year when it is mature, that means spekboom is about 100 times more effective at reducing carbon than a pine tree.
Another big reward is the fact that a Spekboom thicket stimulates the biodiversity, because it enables other plants and animals to grow and live in it.
Other fun facts about our wonder plant:
It's beautiful, edible, high in basic nutrients, and can treat dehydration.
Clearly, Spekboom isn't just any plant - it's a wonder plant.
How It Works
We supply local growers with spekboom seedlings
Our growers propogate the seedlings and raise them to maturity
We buy spekboom trees from our growers when they are deemed market ready
You buy from Wonder Plant
Growers are resupplied with new seedlings
The earth becomes a cleaner place
Whether you're an individual, business, school, or organization, supporting Wonder Plant means that you will be taking an active stand against climate change and poverty while promoting your brand's (or self) image. Some might even go as far as to call you an environmental superhero.
Buying Spekboom on behalf of or for your employees is a great corporate social responsibility move with a tangible reward. Plus, who doesn't want a little green around the office? Organize a planting day to grab even more team building benefits.
Your purchase from Wonder Plant directly supports our Tree-preneurs. Each sale means a chance for these individuals to earn a living, support their families, and better their future. Feels pretty good, right?
It's pretty simple - every Spekboom tree planted makes the world a greener and more beautiful place. With reduced carbon in the atmosphere and greater green spaces, our grateful earth will breathe a sigh of relief.
But we can't do it alone -
we need your help.