Trees not Tees: Runner’s initiative helping save the planet

An eco-friendly runner has launched a campaign to swap t-shirt prizes for the chance to plant a tree.

Jim Mann’s Trees Not Tees initiative gives runners the chance to plant a tree rather than take home a t-shirt when they complete their race.

Trees Not Tees has purchased land in Scotland where they are planting a native forest of beech, oak, hazel, maple and alder.

‘The environmental cost of making a T-shirt is huge. It takes the same amount of water that a person drinks in two-and-a-half years to make a single cotton T-shirt, plus over 2kg of carbon,’ said a Trees not Tees spokesman. ‘If it’s never even worn, all of those precious resources were spent for nothing.
‘Equally, the environmental benefit of planting a tree is huge. It helps us fight against climate change by taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, it provides a home for a diverse range of species, and it gives us clean air to breath.’

When Trees Not Tees plants a tree they send a PDF certificate via email to the participant with a picture of their young tree, details of its species and a geo-location address on

Event organisers can sign up to this amazing scheme at

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