1 Tree Cards was born from the idea that the love sent through cards could be amplified to have positive effects around the world. Every 1 Tree Card plants a tree through our partner charity, Eden Reforestation Projects; an amazing organisation whose planting projects act as a catalyst for good throughout communities.
We strive to be as eco-conscious as possible. Our cards and envelopes are 100% recycled and printed with vegan inks and renewable energy. Our optional compostable sleeves for retailers are made of corn and yam- we are plastic free!
As an LGBTQIA+ owned and operated business, we felt the current cards on the market were limited and wanted to offer cards that could better represent our community. Our aim is to break the boundaries of conventional gender and sexual stereotypes in a cute and subtle way.
MEET THE TEAM
Becky & Michiko Kijima
Becky is a graduate of Zoology (the study of animals, not of zoos!) and has since worked in marine biology, environmental & wildlife conservation, animal behaviour, commercial diving and recycling awareness. Michiko’s CV is a little more boring than that! She started an online business at the age of 22 which she ran for a decade. It wasn’t her passion in life but it gave us the money and freedom to do the things that truly matter to us.
We’ve spent the last 6 years living abroad while volunteering for nonprofits around the world. From going undercover in the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam to transporting dogs away from death row in the US to managing a sanctuary in Thailand – we’ve had an eventful time! We have now moved back to the UK with our 2 Thai dogs and Canadian cat who decided to adopt us on our travels. Happy and settled back home, we are now ready to put our all into 1 Tree Cards…
Sylvain studied biotechnology engineering & business. He has been drawing since his childhood and is inspired by his big geek side from Nintendo & SEGA games (The legend of Zelda, Phantasy Star Online, Metroid…), Blizzard (Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Overwatch) and LucasArt games (Monkey Island…). He has worked in different structures (Science laboratories, L’Oréal marketing headquarters and a food & nutrition communication agency) but after turning vegan in 2015, he became more conscious about the impact our consumption has on the planet and other species.
After quitting his last job, he travelled around the world for over 1 year doing WWOOFING, Workaways, couchsurfing and meeting new open-minded people. During his time in Japan he met Becky & Michiko. Today, he is merging all his eclectic universes and has realised that nothing makes his heart beat more than illustrating noble causes (veganism, tolerance, empathy and peace).
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