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Order and subscription of trees

Car loyalty program:
  • The car dealer/seller pays an amount equal to 4% of the car price towards trees.
  • After the car seller and buyer have registered their info in the order registration at www.trees4cars.com, the car seller enters the car price in local currency.
  • We auto convert the local currency into euro, as we use euro as currency for trees.
  • By only entering the car price in local currency, the form will automatically show the tree cost in both local currency and in euro. It will also show a buyback amount in euro, for those who agree upon having our forestry partner to buy back their trees in year 15).
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  • Your card will be charged in euro when submitting your order.
Personal tree purchase:
When you order trees directly outside the car loyalty program, you pay in euro. One tree costs €8. If you agree to our forestry partner to buy back your trees 15 years later, the estimated buyback value is €80 per tree.
Sure you can. Both individual persons and companies (legal entities) are acceptable customers. If you buy trees through a company, the company is the owner of the trees rather than you as an individual.

The tax you pay on the revenue from the trees may differ depending on if you are an individual tree owner or a company. We recommend companies to post trees as a long-term asset (fixed asset) in the accountings. Please contact an accounting firm or CPA for further assistance.
Sure you can. We offer a monthly subscription on trees, so you can reduce your carbon footprint over time, and help impoverished farmers in East Africa to better secure their livelihood and survival.

If you agree upon our forestry partner to buy back your trees in year 15, a monthly subscription makes it easier to build a portfolio of trees. This is kind of a "micro savings" program, where trees are your asset. Each tree costs €8.

Example:

Buy 25 trees each month (€200) and in one year, you will have 300 trees (total cost €2,400). According to our forestry partner's estimates, the buyback value from those trees would be €24,000 in year 15.

If you are a new customer, you can register here to setup your subscription. If you are an existing customer, sign onto your account and go to the menu "Order trees > Monthly tree subscription."
If you start a monthly subscription on trees, you can sign onto our website at any time and access the menu "Order trees > Monthly tree subscription" and turn the subscription On/Off with a single click.

You can also change the monthly withdrawal day, number of trees, and which card you want to use in the same form.
There are several reasons for a car seller to spend 4% of a car sale to buy trees.
  1. The 4%-expense turns into a 40%-payback amount in year 15 by agreeing to our forestry partner's optional buyback deal.
  2. It benefits both buyer and seller. The seller shares the trees and the buyback amount with the buyer, which should eliminate negotiating the price of a car.
  3. Both buyer and seller can use our green loyalty program as a selling point for the other party to participate.
  4. The money goes to plant trees in rural areas in Africa, which
    • helps impoverished farmers to improve their lives,
    • gives microfinance to help poverty-stricken families become self-sustained,
    • supports schools and children's education,
    • fights corruption long term by teaching integrity to children,
    • and improves the local and global environment.
Both the buyer and the seller of the car use the registration form at our site to register their accounts with us. After registering the account, the car dealer/seller registers the price of the car in local currency. We auto convert 4% of the amount to euro, which the seller will use to order trees. The trees are split between seller and buyer of the car, as the car seller gives away half of the trees to the car buyer. This is done automatically when entering our green loyalty program on our site, where both car buyer and seller get their own accounts with trees.

Example:
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Yes. You can register as many purchases or sales of cars you want in our green loyalty program. You can both buy and sell cars using the same account.

When you register a car sale for the loyalty program, we will check your email if you already have an account with us. If yes, we will autofill the form with your info after you confirm with your password.
Go to the menu "Order Trees" and you can order trees directly for yourself. Each tree costs €8. If you accept our forestry partner's offer to buy back your trees in year 15, their buyback amount is €80 per tree.

Buyback deal

Each tree in our green loyalty program costs 8 Euros per tree. When entering our program, you receive an offer from our forestry partner to buy back your trees in year 15 for 80 Euros per tree (ten times increase in value). That is how the 4% cost becomes 40% in buyback amount in year 15, split by 20% to the car buyer and 20% to the car seller (car seller automatically gives half of the trees to buyer during registration process). If you buy trees directly, you receive the full 10x buyback amount from your commodity yourself (€80 per tree).

Example from a car sale:

A car is sold for €20,000. The car seller allocates 4% of the sales amount to us to buy trees, which is €800. The €800 goes to plant 100 trees (€8 per tree) and are equally divided by 50 trees to the car seller and 50 trees to the car buyer.

The trees are their assets until our forestry partner buys back the trees in year 15 to a fixed buyback price of €80 per tree.

In this case, the car seller receives 50 trees x €80 = €4,000 in year 15, and so does the car buyer.
The trees (tree seedlings) you buy are high quality African mahogany trees (Melia volkensii and Melia azedarach) and are taken care of by Better Globe Forestry (BGF). The trees grow and so do their value. According to "International Trade and Timber Organization" (ITTO), the price of the high-quality mahogany trees planted by BGF was €160 in 2010 and around €340 in 2020 (there are about 3 trees in one cubic meter. €1028/3=€342 per tree).
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According to our forestry partner's low-risk analysis, a 10x payback is a fair valuation to our customers. One tree costs €8 and BGF buys it back in year 15 for the fixed price of €80.

Note! If you sign up for the buyback deal with Better Globe Forestry, they will take on the larger cost which includes cutting branches and trees, bark removal, transportation to our sawmill facility, and sawing the trees into correct timber sizes. If you choose to not sign up for the buyback deal and want to cut your owner trees in year 15 yourself — these costs will need to be covered by you.
No. Our partner Better Globe Forestry (BGF) cannot guarantee a 10x buyyback amount on the trees. The buyback amount is a future estimate of what they believe can be paid in a safe way, but is still 15 years in the future.

BGF who plants your trees has been in operation since 2004. With their expertise and all those years in the tree business, their conservative analysis of being able to buy back your trees in year 15 for a 10x fixed agreed upon price is within pretty safe margins, but nothing can be guaranteed.

According to “International Trade and Timber Organization” (ITTO), the price in 2020 for an African mahogany tree is €330. The buyback price in year 15 is €80 per mahogany tree. The buyback price is only about 25% of the market price. BGF therefore feels confident in being able to pay 10x back for your trees, even if they cannot give guarantees for it.

Note! If you sign up for the buyback deal with Better Globe Forestry, they will take on the larger cost which includes cutting branches and trees, bark removal, transportation to our sawmill facility, and sawing the trees into correct timber sizes. If you choose to not sign up for the buyback deal and want to cut your owner trees in year 15 yourself — these costs will need to be covered by you.
You register your bank account with us, which you can find under "User Settings" after signing onto Trees4Cars' website. In year 15, we will follow up by email or phone to make sure the info is correct. Our partner Better Globe Forestry will transfer the buyback amount for your trees to the bank account you have registered with us.
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Direct purchase of trees

One tree costs €8 and the buyback amount from the tree in year 15 is €80. EURO is used as currency for both purchases and buybacks of trees.

Trees purchased through the car loyalty program

We automatically convert local currency to Euros when the car dealer spends 4% of the car price to buy trees with us. That way, we can calculate the number of trees that are purchased, which are added into the car buyer's and seller's accounts with us. The trees are their assets until our forestry partner buy them back in year 15 to a fixed price that equals 40% of the car sale (20% to car buyer and 20% to car seller).

When our forestry partner buys back the trees in year 15, they will use Euro as currency (€80 per tree).

Example:

One tree costs €8. The car seller uses local currency when buying 25 trees (equals €200). In year 15, our forestry partner buys back the trees from you for a total amount of €2,000 (10x the tree cost); where €1,000 goes to car buyer and €1,000 to car seller.

Note! The buyback agreement with our forestry partner is voluntary to join when entering our green loyalty program.
You pay taxes according to the laws in force in the country where you pay taxes. The taxes may also differ from individuals and corporations.
  • Tax on trees: If assets are taxable, you may need to pay taxes for owning trees as an asset. In e.g. Norway and Sweden, assets are not taxed.
  • Tax on the payback amount: The payback amount is most likely subject to tax. In Norway, the payback amount from trees would be treated like profit and is taxed accordingly.
We recommend that you consult your accountant, CPA, or tax lawyer to know what applies to you or your business.
  • If you pass away, your trees will become one of the assets in your estate. They will be distributed to the beneficiaries of the estate by law.
  • You can also bequeath your trees if you like. The law will decide whether your wishes will be followed regarding heirs.
  • It is always advantageous for your beneficiaries if your assets are documented in an easily accessible way, like a will.
  • Your beneficiaries will take over your tree contract with us and follow the same terms.
  • Trees4Cars AS must receive a death certificate to be able to transfer the ownership of the trees to the person inheriting them. Name, email address, and telephone number of the heir are also needed. If there are several heirs, then they will own the deceased's trees together. We cannot split a customer account into multiple accounts.
My tree

The security of my trees

Trees can be harmed by fire, insects, locusts, or other force majeure. Better Globe Forestry (BGF) that plant your trees are constantly monitoring potential dangers, run risk assessments, and create policies to minimize all known risk factors around the tree planting. The safety of your trees is ours and BGF's top priority.

Here is a short list of what we do to reduce the risks:
  • When you buy a tree, the tree is yours, but is not marked specifically as yours. Instead, all our customers' trees are added to the same pool of trees. That means, BGF spread the risks on all trees, so if anything bad happens with some trees, it won't hurt one or few of our customers, but will reduce the total value on all trees.
  • BGF plants about twice as many trees than our customers buy to further secure the total assets.
  • BGF has operational experience since 2004 and plants trees that are well fit for the environment and can withstand drought, insect attacks, and withstood even the huge locusts swarm early 2020.
  • The trees are planted on different plantations located far away from each other on the land of more than 15,000 partner farmers (year 2020).
  • The trees are cared for, monitored, and planted to minimize the risks of fire, disease, and pests.
  • It is in BGF's interest that your high-quality mahogany trees are strong and grow up. BGF will buy them back in year 15 from everyone who has agreed upon their buyback deal, so they can produce furniture, parquet, etc. from the trees.
Better Globe Forestry (BGF) is a pioneer in dryland tree-planting and now a leading expert in conducting forestry in the kind of climate and terrain in which the plantations are located. The company has gathered experience since 2004, and even publishes a high-quality tree-planting magazine (Miti) to help anyone interested in earning money through forestry. Miti Magazine acts as an information hub and is a platform for the exchange of forestry knowledge between forest professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, tree customers, ecologists, nature lovers, and others.

BGF is well equipped to meet all foreseeable challenges. The species they work with grow naturally in dry environments and are all drought-resistant. As an additional measure, the company has spread its plantations geographically to limit any potential disruptions.

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  • You don't own any specific tree, as all trees belong to all tree owners to spread the risk. Our forestry partner Better Globe Forestry (BGF) is responsible for the buyback of all trees that our customers have bought through their buyback deal; stolen or not.
  • No trees have been stolen so far from BGF. They have guards employed who guard the areas 24/7 (mainly from animals).
  • The employees who work at the plantations live on and around the area and are the first ones to discover any looting of trees. Good business at the plantation means good business opportunities for the local community.
  • It is in the best interest for the partner farmers to safeguard their share of the profit from the trees and make sure no one steals them.
  • BGF has agroforestry agents employed who regularly check the trees at the partner farmers' land and keep reports and stats updated.
Parts of Africa can be politically unstable. Better Globe Forestry (BGF) only conducts business in politically stable regions. Hypothetically, anything can happen. Africa is generally perceived to be more unstable than many other places in the world, but that is not always the case.

BGF has established itself in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (as of 2021), where stability has been commonplace for a long time. More countries in Africa are also moving toward greater stability. BGF aims to contribute to this immensely positive development with its mission to counter poverty and corruption through transparent, sustainable, and socially responsible business principles.
If the price of lumber falls, Better Globe Forestry's revenue for a given amount of lumber will be reduced. This is something they have to account for in their financial calculations. Better Globe Forestry (BGF) periodically calculates the impact of such a scenario.

However, the company grows tropical hardwood trees of quality similar to teak and mahogany, both of which are in high demand. In addition to that, they do not intend to sell lumber, but rather increase profits and local employment by building factories and producing high-quality furniture (from 2030). This strategy means that the company is not as exposed to fluctuating lumber prices as other forestry companies.

The company also considers it quite unlikely that the price of sustainably produced tropical hardwood lumber would drop significantly over an extended period. This view is based on the historical price performance of tropical lumber and the imbalance between supply and demand. We do not have adequate quantities of this natural resource. The likelihood that the shortage of wood will decrease is minimal, considering how the world's tropical forests have declined in the past 60 years.

The agreements that already exist regarding trees sold through Trees4Cars AS are unlikely to be affected by any price reductions on lumber. According to International Trade and Timber Organization (ITTO), the market price for African mahogany in June 2020 was €340. The payback agreement with BGF is €80, which is 25% of the value today. The risk for more than a 75% decrease of the tree price the next 15 years is very unlikely. BGF is dedicated to meet its target of expected payback amounts (€80 per tree).
Better Globe Forestry (BGF) continuously follows the ITTO market reports and analyzes, although their reports do not specifically follow the Mukau or Giant Lira tree, which are the main species BGF plant. Mukau is also of a significantly better quality than the "African mahogany," which is referred to on ITTO's market reports.

For easy comparision, if we say the mukau tree has the same price (Export sawnwood price) as the African Mahogany; the price of the high-quality mahogany trees BGF plants was €160 in 2010 and about €340 in 2020 (there are about 3 trees in one cubic meter. €1028/3=€342 per tree). The fixed buyback amount 15 years from now is €80. Connecting virtual card to bank account
BGF does not believe that mahogany prices will be at a standstill for the next 15 years. The trend seems to continue where the demand is higher than supply, which means the timber price will increase. In the opposite case, BGF still feels confident in their commitment to our customers and consider the market risk in terms of lumber prices minimal.
Trees have intrinsic value and the revenue is dependent on selling wood products on the world market, where one gets paid in the currency that is most viable at the moment. If the euro collapses, our forestry partner Better Globe Forestry will fulfill their commitments in other currencies such as dollar, pound sterling, or any other currency. A drastic devaluation of euro will therefore have an insignificant impact on tree owners.

Just like gold, trees have intrinsic value that does not deteriorate based on currency fluctuations. Contrary to gold, trees actually grow in size and value every day regardless of the many uncertainties in the more traditional financial markets.
The answer is no. Our forestry partner Better Globe Forestry (BGF) has investigated the possibility of insuring trees, but the quoted insurance premiums are too pricey to be commercially or economically viable. Insurance would also only cover the purchase price, which would be of little benefit to our customers.

BGF therefore works actively to reduce risks in a variety of ways to make sure enough trees grow up to fulfill their buyback deal with our customers. To mention a few, they:
  • have plantations and thousands of partner farmers in different geographic locations,
  • are continuously working on improving the quality of the seedlings they plant, and
  • are working toward the goal of planting twice as many trees as have been sold.

Good to know

We take protection of our customer data and our own business tools very seriously.
  • Your personal data is kept safe at our dedicated servers located in the most secure environment. The servers and databases are backed up every day.
  • We use high graded SSL certificate from DigiCert Inc on our website, which also validates that the website really belongs to Trees4Cars AS in Norway.
  • Data you register with us like name, city, phone number, and email are securely encrypted when transmitted on our website.
  • We save your data to provide you with proper services and to validate your tree ownership.
  • Your password is hashed and encrypted and cannot be retrieved.
  • We do not collect and save your card information. If you enter or save your card with us, the card info is saved with our certified merchant account provider. We only receive a reference number to the card.
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When you sign onto Trees4Cars' website, you can find all your trees under the menu "Order history." We have divided the order history into three pages:
  • Trees from car orders
  • Personal tree orders
  • Total payback
Trees from car orders shows all transactions made through our green loyalty program as a car dealer/seller or buyer. Here you find info about both car buyer and seller, the car price, the tree cost, and the buyback amount in year 15 (if you accepted the buyback deal from our forestry partner). A payment receipt for the trees is sent by email to the car seller right after order and can also be printed from this page. A unique tree owner certificate can also be downloaded and printed.

Personal tree orders shows an overview of all the trees you have purchased individually outside the car loyalty program. It gives an overview of number of trees you bought, the cost, and the future buyback amount (if you accepted the buyback deal from our forestry partner). When you order trees directly or via a monthly tree subscription, a receipt is sent by email to you and is also available for print on this page. A unique tree owner certificate can also be downloaded and printed.

Total payback summarizes all trees acquired from the car loyalty program or individually (where you acccepted the buyback deal from our forestry partner). It organizes them by year, so you see the total number of trees acquired each year and the total buyback amount 15 years later.

Example:
Total payback from all tree orders
Each tree certificate is unique and validates the number of trees you own. The tree certificate will not be available for print until the countdown of days left has reached zero (0). The delay is caused by a 14-day grace period and a time frame for processing the tree seedling.

Here is an example from the "Personal Tree Orders" page, where the certificate is on hold and you can see number of days left before it is available.
Personal tree orders
When the countdown of days is over, your unique tree certificate will be available for download. It is in pdf format. Note that if the pdf document does not open in a new window, it most likely has been auto downloaded and you need to look into your default "Download" folder to open it.
Certificate on hold
Better Globe Media Inc. (BGM) is a media company located in Florida, USA, who mainly covers articles and news about our forestry company Better Globe Forestry and its tree projects in Africa. It also publishes news from relevant partners that are involved in selling trees or have influence on the tree business.

Tree plantations

Better Globe Forestry (BGF) plants mainly two different mahogany trees: BGF also plants Teak, Moringa, and Acacia Senegal (Gum Arabic).

BGF started establishing tree plantations in 2006 and began collaborating with partner farmers in 2016 in Kenya. The work with partner farmers spread to Uganda in 2018 and in 2020 there were more than 15,000 partner farmers involved in Kenya and Uganda. BGF plans to establish operations in Tanzania by 2022.

We only plant trees in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, as we look at those as political stable countries.
Land grabbing refers to large-scale land acquisitions mainly by powerful multinational companies and other private and public investors that buy or lease farmland to produce agricultural commodities. Usually they exploit poor communities and governments, where bribes are common, and they operate in legal gray areas. The locals are often forced to move away from the land they have lived in and that usually does not go well. Squatters invade the land and do harm towards the commodities.

Our forestry partner, Better Globe Forestry (BGF), has a very different approach for leasing land. BGF:
  • leases land in semi-arid areas unsuitable for economic activities and with smaller populations;
  • involves everyone from the local communities and up to government level to make sure all parties work together;
  • contributes to schools and childrens' education for locals;
  • provides jobs for locals that boost their economy;
  • funds microfinance banks which makes it easier for locals to start their own business and improve their life quality and financial independency;
  • trains local farmers on how they can grow trees among their food crops to increase their income;
  • initiated the Green Initiative Challenge with KenGen and Bamburi Cement Limited to promote environmental awareness and tree planting at schools; and
  • provides water catchment systems for schools.
BGF has three plantations and has no goal to add more leasing contracts for more land. BGF instead works with thousands of partner farmers to improve their ability for sustainable farming and also to stand up against land grabbing.
Many people boycott tropical timber for climate change reasons and choose to buy plantation wood instead to save the rainforest. Trees are harvested different ways; some are used for pulp production, while others for flooring, decking, moldings, furniture, etc.

Plantations that are made of a single species and well trimmed can be a problem for diversity and cannot harbor a variety of wildlife. They are generally more susceptible to disease and insect attacks, and need extensive chemical support.

With that said, plantations are really the most effective way to secure and get most value out of the trees—and to encourage planting and replanting on a regular basis—keeping the world green for decades. Even centuries.

Fast-growing trees on plantations can provide a lot of jobs. Thinks like tending the nurseries, planting the trees, trimming and maintaining the trees, followed by a fast cutting rate, all supply factories that need a constant input to keep people employed. Without plantations, unemployment and regional instability would increase.

Plantations can help save high-value forests and reduce the pressure on cutting native forests. They also help the land to recover after a disaster, man-made or natural, as trees will be replanted. They stop erosion and develop the economy in the local society.

Our forestry partner, Better Globe Forestry (BGF) is specialized in planting high quality mahogany trees for our customers, but that is not the only species they plant. BGF plants different tree species, where some provide multiple uses throughout their lifetime. Here are a couple of them:
  • Acacia senegal produces gum arabic, a natural gum with a unique chemical composition, that solidifies once tapped from the stem and can be harvested for various commercial applications, such as food, medicine, and printing.
  • Moringa is known as a miracle tree and has many incredible properties. There are claims that moringa treats or cures 300 diseases. One can use the leaves to make moringa powder that can be capsuled, and one can also use the seeds to extract and produce oil.
BGF does not convert native forests into plantations, but is instead the only privately owned forestry company that has specialized in planting trees in semi-arid areas. BGF makes a green "oasis" in areas known for draught and little life.

BGF understands the need for biodiversity and are not increasing the number of plantations to satisfy an increased market demand. Instead, BGF uses thousands of partner farmers to plant trees on their own land. Biodiversity is maintained, and farmers can plant mahogany trees and moringa trees on their farms among their existing food crops. They all work together, and the food crops become so much more sustainable by utilizing all the qualities from the trees, as they:
  • give shadow for the crops,
  • protect against wind,
  • hinder erosion,
  • sustain water, and
  • keep the soil moist.
The trees provide additional income sources for partner farmers and secure their farming in better ways than before.

We are proud to say that BGF has conducted a lot of research to make sure they manage their plantations and tree planting with their partner farmers in a balanced, sustainable, and economical manner.
Tree seedlings
Better Globe Forestry Ltd (BGF) is our forestry partner in Kenya that plants your trees, take care of them so they grow big and strong, and buy them back from you in year 15 (if you agreed to their buyback deal).

BGF was incorporated in Kenya in 2004 and in Uganda in 2009 with the vision to eradicate poverty and corruption in Africa. Its mission, through Social Entrepreneurship, is to plant as many trees as there are people on this planet, and thereby finance a sustainable implementation of the vision.

BGF's core expertise lies in commercial dryland afforestation and in-depth knowledge of living and environmental conditions in semi-arid areas. As such, it is well positioned to anticipate and mitigate effects of climate change in East Africa, in a commercially sustainable way.

BGF's plantations are divided into two categories:
  • classic tree plantations on leased land, and
  • Trees planted with partner-farmers on their land, with wide spacing to allow intercropping with food crops.
The advantages of working with partner farmers are obvious:
  • no cumbersome lease agreements or land deals,
  • no investment in heavy machinery,
  • farmers can continue to farm their land for food crops grown alongside the trees, and lastly,
  • farmers are many.
In 2020, BGF are currently working with more than 15,000 partner farmers, and employs 170 members of staff, and 300 - 400 casual workers, depending on the season. As a policy, BGF offers career opportunities to young graduates of local learning institutions such as Eldoret University and Londiani Forestry College.

BGF has quarterly published the MITI magazine since 2009, which is the most successful and authoritative tree business magazine in East Africa. MITI is used as reference material by foresters and other scientists, farmers, tree customers, students and all those in the tree, timber and related industries.
Miti magazine
Better Globe Forestry plantation
Trees4Cars

Trees4Cars offers the most unique green loyalty program for car sellers and buyers on the market. The car seller pays us 4% of the car sales price to plant trees, which has a huge positive environmental, social, and economical impact. The car seller gives half of the trees to car buyer as a gift through our program. Our forestry partner offers an optional agreement of buying back your trees in year 15 for 10x (ten times) your purchase price.

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