Astonishing Facts About Deforestation: Branch Out And Take Action With Us Today

mountains in thailand that were once a lush forest, now empty and bare due to deforestation

Get insider insights on deforestation, its environmental impact, and what you can do to help. Discover more and join us in implementing solutions to combat it.

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What Is Deforestation & Why Is It a Big Deal

Since the beginning of humankind, we have needed forests to survive. Humans use(d) forests for shelter, fuel, medicine, food, and more.

But our forests are facing a crisis: Deforestation.

In just the past 100 years, we have lost the same amount of forests as in the previous 9,000 years.

Deforestation occurs when forests and rainforests are completely cleared to be converted for another purpose with the majority of deforestation occurring in tropical rainforests.

When forests are cleared, not only do we lose the plants, animals, and people who rely on the forest, we lose one of Earth’s natural resources for absorbing carbon dioxide.

Forests are natural carbon sinks meaning they hold more carbon dioxide than they produce. When forests are cleared, the effects are twofold. The carbon stored in the forests is released, and that area is now no longer able to absorb future carbon dioxide.

5 Main Causes Contributing to Deforestation:

Agriculture, Mining, Energy

Includes cattle farms, palm-oil plantations, soy, and more

Small-scale Agriculture

Smaller scale farms used for local farming


To produce wood products such as wood pulp, timber, and paper


When forest land is cleared to make room for a city


Both natural, planned, and illegal clearning

10 Solutions to Deforestation

It’s not always easy to tell if your tissues or your sugar came from a forest in Brazil but there are a variety of solutions that can help curb and reduce the rapidly increasing deforestation.


1. Support representatives who are committed to preventing deforestation.

2. Support legislation that invests in local forest agriculture to help farmers achieve better yields (seed varieties, fertilization products, better farming practices).

aerial view of old-growth logging in Alaska;s Tongass
full forest of trees casting shadow on mossy floor


3. Donate your time and money to organizations committed to the conservation and restoration of forests around the world.

4. Invest your time and money with organizations that are putting forest management back in the hands of indigenous communities.

Go Local

5. Consider the miles and emissions from your food and products travel to get to you. Try to find closer alternatives when possible.

6. Prioritize locally grown (and seasonal) vegetables and meat to reduce your food miles and local farms.

variety of vegetables and price sign on display at a farmer's market


7. Look for certified products for responsible forest management, like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).


8. Choose tree-free and palm-oil-free products

9. Prioritize products made from recycled materials that can continue to be recycled

10. Make sustainable, earth-friendly swaps whenever you can with ZWS!

Learn More About Deforestation


Check out your local bookstore for the following:

  • Mistaking Plantations for Indonesia's Tropical (Rain) Forest, by Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia
  • The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman, by Davi Kopenawa
  • In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua, by Sophie Chao



  • The Intelligence from the Economist: Felling through the cracks: rainforest in crisis (Listen on Spotify)
  • The Future of Life Institute, Episode 20: Not Cool, Deborah Lawrence On Deforestation (Listen on Spotify)
  • Mongabay Explores: Sumatra, Part 3: Deforestation Demystified (Listen on Spotify)

What You Can Do to Help Deforestation Right Now

ZeroWasteStore sponge cloths

Reduce your paper usage at home and in the office.

ZeroWasteStore reusable paper towels

Replace your forest-based products with sustainable alternatives.

planting a tree

Plant a tree whenever you can (or support organizations that plant trees).

Reusable and sustainably made stainless steel safety razors

Prioritize recycled paper products that can continuously be recycled.

Palm oil free hair and bath products

Avoid products that contain palm oil as palm oil plantations are one of the largest contributors to deforestation.

journal and pencils made from FSC certified materials

Look for certifications such as FSC when buying forest-based products.

biodiverse coffee farm next to a lush forest

Put your money where your values are by shopping with companies that are working towards reducing deforestation.

Alternative Products

Shop these forest-friendly sustainable alternatives from ZWS!

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PlantPaper Bamboo Toilet Paper


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Zero Waste Sponge Cloths

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Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

Palm oil free


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Zero Waste Dish Block

Palm oil free


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Bamboo Toothbrush

From $3.99

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Bamboo Hair Brush


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Renewable Cork Yoga Block


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Take Action Against Deforestation This Week!

April 3rd-9th 2023, your purchase can help protect the forest! For every order placed, we’re donating $2 to The Rainforest Trust!

Rainforest Trust