BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A BETTER FUTURE
When GNGR Bees came to life, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy journey. There was much to be redefined in how fashion (and other products) are produced and consumed and simply manufacturing our products better than others was not good enough
In this journey, we have discovered endless possibilities and met incredible people whose passions and values align with ours and so, partnerships have become an essential part of the work we do. Recognising that we, alone, are not able to change the world, and that it takes everyone, together, to do so is how we create and achieve more.
For most - a foundation is a way to “off set” unsustainable practices they may carry through their companies or to buy social credit and look better in the eyes of the public. At GNGR Bees, the empowerment and support we give to the world and all around us is entrenched in the very essence of what we do. Everything is created for a purpose and is dedicated to empower projects, causes and communities.
Learn more about the projects we have created and the incredible organisations and people we support:
THE TONGO PROJECT
CREATED BY GNGR BEES
The Tongo project is tied up to our Ocean collection, it supports the plantation and conservation of Mangrove areas and nurseries in the Pacific Island of Tonga, Nuku’alofa.
Carbon dioxide is the outcome of many factors (including over production), which is the biggest contributor to climate change. The mangroves, alongside with other coastal ecosystems such as seagrasses, salt marshes, and macro algae, are ex- cellent at absorbing and storing carbon from the atmosphere. As the trees grow they take the carbon from carbon dioxide and use it as the building blocks for their leaves, roots and branches. Once the leaves and older trees die, they fall to the sea- floor and take the stored carbon with them to be buried in the soil. This buried carbon is known as “blue carbon” because it is stored underwater in the coastal ecosystems. Mangroves make up less than 2 percent of marine environments but account for 10 to 15 percent of carbon burial. One acre of mangrove forest can store about 1,450 pounds of carbon per year (163 g carbon per square meter per year)—roughly the same amount emitted by a car driving straight across the United States and back (5,875 miles).
The importance of mangrove conservation is extreme - other than hosting incredible biodiversity and being a “nursery” to the sea, when mangroves are destroyed, enormous amounts of carbon are emitted back to the atmosphere, where can then contribute to climate change.
The project was launched in July 2020. Pita Faiva Taufatofua, who is an Agricultural scientist, has kindly offered us access to his land, which backs to the lake Fanga’uta with a large mangrove area. Given the area is well conserved and taken care of, we have employed two locals, Nisa and Tea to collect mangrove seeds and create a nursery, where the mangrove have space to grown and to then be transported to other areas in Nuku’alofa that have had their Mangrove areas destroyed due to unethical land development or climatic conditions.
The support of this project is done through profits accumulated from sales of our Ocean leggings and sports bra which pay for the labour of our team, transportation of the seeds and marketing efforts for plantation and conservation.