Each year Hugo & Hoby donates at least 1% of sales to environmental nonprofits through our membership with 1% for the Planet. In the last three years we have planted over 10,000 trees in the region, supported environmental non-profits through pro bono donations, and supported community groups to establish more green space right on the streets of our New Haven location. This year, we are proud to support four fantastic nonprofits that embody the world we want to help create: one that regenerates forests, stores rather than emits carbon, supports strong local communities, and inspires the next generation to steward the earth. Here’s a little bit about each of them:
The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia works on reforestation and conservation projects that promote bio-diverse and productive landscapes in the region. Our donation will go to replanting five acres of red spruce forests, an incredibly rare and important ecosystem in the Appalachian Mountains right at the edge of our DC headquarters.
Harlem Grown is a nonprofit focused on empowering youth through urban farming. We donated four tables to liven up their office space, as well as an awesome modular in-garden composting system called a Subpod.
One Tree Planted focuses its efforts on global reforestation. Our donation will cover a large tree-planting effort in the US l ater this year. Stay tuned for more details on how to get involved and join the planting!
Urban Resources Initiative is local to Hugo & Hoby’s New Haven headquarters, and focuses on community-based land stewardship, environmental education, and urban forestry. We can’t wait for our community tree planting day this fall, when our team will join with URI’s youth empowerment teams to plant more community green space. We are especially excited about these projects due to the circular nature of our work in New Haven. We plant trees in the city with URI and then we salvage felled or hazardous trees from those same streets through our partnership with City Bench. Trees that would have otherwise ended up in landfills or chipped for mulch get to become beautiful furniture in exceptional local spaces.