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Planted 2021 - our founding year in retrospect

What happened in Planted's founding year? Our first employee! How many United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has Planted achieved? Which trees did we plant?
Elena Welsch
February 21, 2023
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The most important area first: our trees. Because what would Planted be without all the climate heroes that are made possible month after month? In total, we were able to plant 31,781 trees this year. Of these, 19,702 trees were planted by our corporate clients and 12,079 by our private donors. 

One of Planted's first alders planted by co-founder Cindy Schüller.

As a new home for the trees, we were able to expand the High Taunus to include the Königsforst in Cologne in recent months. There we have planted oaks, bird cherries, sweet chestnuts and red oaks. The areas in the Taunus near Wiesbaden, on the other hand, are adorned with red alder, hornbeam, bird cherry, beech, robinia, fir, oak and tree hazel - perfectly adapted to the respective area. We did our planting with the children in spring on an area near Duisburg. Small oaks and Douglas firs grow here.

Young oaks in the Altmühl plant pot (not plastic, but lactic acid nets).
"Hope", the name of an alder tree from a Planted donor.

Flight of more than 3,000 times to and from the Maldives

The second focus area is our climate protection projects, through which we reduce our CO₂ footprint. With your help, we were able to offset 16,315 metric tons of CO₂ in 2021 and thus prevent it from being emitted into our atmosphere. Our private donors contributed 6,281 tons, while our corporate customers offset 10,034 tons of CO₂. This reduction was made possible by various climate protection projects: The wind farm in western India, the renaturation of peatlands in Germany, hydropower generation in Indonesia, electricity from biomass and waste heat in India, and a solar farm in Mexico. 

The climate protection projects we select are not only subject to the highest standards, but also support the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The 17 goals of the United Nations are global objectives that aim to promote sustainable development on an ecological, social and economic level worldwide. With our climate protection and climate forest projects, we have already been able to support eight goals of the SDGs this year. These include Goal No. 7 - affordable and clean energy, No. 6 - clean water and sanitation, No. 11 - sustainable cities and communities, and No. 13 - climate action.

What else?

Planted foundation, just in time on 25.03.21 before launch on 27.03.21.

Another highlight of Planted's first year was the recognition of our non-profit status in spring this year. Not only for us, but also for Planted as an organisation and you as donors, we can thus ensure that our actions add value to our environment. In addition, we were able to move into our small but nice office in Cologne's Südstadt and finally have a place for a common exchange, teamwork and a rest area. With Elena, we were able to hire our first employee as communications manager in October and expand our team. Another highlight was our success at the 12th SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator Investors Day, where we took first place.

Founders Cindy and Wilhelm at HHL Accelerator Day
Cindy and Wilhelm after a successful pitch at the HHL SpinLab Final 2021.

The year 2021 may be over, but our work is far from it. As the year draws to a close, we would like to say a big thank you to all our planners, corporate clients and everyone who has supported us this year. We are totally looking forward to continuing our work with your help in the new year and are excited to see what's in store. Thank you for being part of Team Planted and for joining us in making the world a better place. #WoodVibesOnly

Summer Dinner with Team Planted in Cologne.