Here at Out & Out, we are underpinned by sustainability. Forest conservation must be a cornerstone to furniture manufacturing so we feel it is a priority to set the standards to the industry in ensuring our supply chain is balanced through growing trees and restoring ecosystems around the world. This is why we are proud to be partnering with WeForest to restore and regenerate trees in the Atlantic Forest.
The Atlantic Forest stretches from the state of Rio Grande do Norte to the state of Rio Grande do Sul and is now a forest in name only. 20 years ago, the Atlantic Forest was 6 times the size of the United Kingdom, but since then it has lost over 80% of its original forest cover, largely due to agricultural expansion.
No other large tropical forest ecosystem has suffered as much loss as the Atlantic Forest and it is now one of the most threatened biomes in the world. The forest that remains has been reduced to green fragments, often with great distances between them. As a consequence, many plant and animal species in this biodiversity hotspot are marked as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
L-R: Young tree seedlings in the nursery | Nursery worker, Maria Regina E. S. | The endangered Black Lion Tamarin | An agroforestry systems whereby coffee cultivations are combined with native trees.
All images © IPE and WeForest