The Rainforest Alliance’s little green frog and the motto Shop the Frog make it easy for consumers to recognize products and retailers bearing the symbol of Rainforest Alliance Certified™ products for “environmental, social and economic sustainability.”
See the website search menu to find their long list of products, retail and online stores by country, state or province, and/or product. To view all of them in the United States, see this list which includes products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal available for direct purchase. For wholesalers, visit the sourcing assistance page and email them if you offer Rainforest Alliance Certified™ products and your business is not on the list.
What you can do to help the alliance is to shop the certified products, join the alliance community like on Facebook, and make donations to this 501c3. Check with your employer to see if they participate in matching charitable contributions made by their employees and possibly double or triple your gift. You will be protecting gorgeous landscapes, easing climate change effects, preserving diminishing wildlife, and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for millions of families dependent on forests.
View the list to see some of the things the Rainforest Alliance does.
Farms, the largest threat to tropical forests, cause 70 percent of global deforestation with resulting soil erosion, water pollution and destroyed wildlife habitat. The Rainforest Alliance certification program encourages farmers to manage their land based on the three sustainability pillars of “environmental protection, social equity and economic viability.” Buy these products to help farmers and workers around the world improve their means of making a living to support their families in a way that protects the earth.
Forests provide oxygen, clean water, shelter, fuel and food and Rainforest Alliance teaches sustainable forestry to large corporations down to forest-based communities to protect forest eco-systems. Consumers can support these efforts by buying products bearing both the Forest Stewardship Council logo and the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal.
The alliance also works with community-owned forest enterprises “to improve business skills, increase efficiencies and access new markets” since these groups depend on forests for their livelihood and have the most vested interest in conserving them.
The Rainforest Alliance provides educational materials in a free, K-8 curriculum for teachers to help students understand fundamental environmental issues and how they can help protect their earth. They have developed grade-specific units in science, social studies, math and language arts within the environmental education context.
The Kids’ Corner offers online games, coloring pages and rainforest facts for a fun way for children to learn about rainforests, the animals and people that live there, and how their worlds connect.
The Rainforest Alliance education team hosts teacher-training workshops and brings resources yearly to teachers in schools throughout the United States, Colombia, Guatemala, Ghana and Mexico.
Tourism creates income in developing countries for more than 235 million people worldwide plus 9.2 percent of the global GDP, but it can cause “pollution, deforestation, inefficient energy use and cultural exploitation.” The Rainforest Alliance trains tourism businesses like lodging places and tour guides how to run efficiently and sustainably. After program completion, those
businesses can use the Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark on their promotional materials.
Travelers and agents can use tools the alliance provides to book at those certified destinations.
Buy products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal like coffee, tea, juice, bananas, raisins, cereals and grain products, and chocolate. See the product list for certified brands and stores.
Eco-Index® and WHMSI connect conservationists
The Rainforest Alliance connects conservationists through two satellite websites, the Eco-Index® and Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) Pathway.
The Eco-Index® is a bilingual database of over 1,250 conservation North, Central and South America projects and produces Eco-Exchange, an electronic environmental magazine with Americas conservation efforts and issues articles. It shares data, reports, best practices, and “lessons learned about sustainable natural resource management projects.”
WHMSI is made up from government agencies and conservation NGOs staff and the WHMSI Pathway website matches conservation needs of migratory species with available conservation projects, tools, and resources, conserving these species, their key habitats and their migratory routes.
What to look for
Look for stores, promotional materials, and products that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal, the little green rainforest frog, and shop them to help support the work of this important nonprofit organization.