Officeworks on track to plant two million trees
Retailer marks sevens years of ‘Greening Australia’.
Launched in 2017, the Restoring Australia initiative plants two trees for every one ‘used’ based on the weight of paper products customers purchase at Officeworks.
The program is on track to meet its goal to plant two million trees nationally by 2025 and by working with planting partner Greening Australia, has planted 1.45 million trees to date in projects that aim to reverse the impacts of tree and habitat loss over time.
Alice Armistead, a landholder in the Victorian Volcanic Plains, runs one of 235 Restoring Australia sites and has experienced the support, benefits and improved biodiversity that tree planting provides.
Since the first planting took place on her property in 2019, 12,772 trees have now been planted across 21 hectares of varying landscapes.
During the past six years, more than 1900 hectares of land has been restored.
In FY2023, more than 210,000 native trees were planted across four locations and 10 planting sites, spanning 196 hectares of land.
Officeworks chief financial officer Brendan Hargreaves said: “It’s great to see our Restoring Australia initiative is having a positive impact across the country. We’re seeing an impact beyond just improving vegetation; our plantings have created habitat, animals have returned to the areas, and we’ve helped restore environments for a range of at-threat species including the endangered Wedge-tailed Eagle in Tasmania, and the threatened Sooty Owl in Victoria.”
Restoring Australia is part of Officeworks’ People & Planet Positive 2025 plan.
31 October 2023