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Send a Gift that doesn’t cost the earth

Now you can gift Sacred Groves Clusters to your loved ones on birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions

How does Eco-Friendly gifting work?

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In order to gift Sacred Groves Clusters you must be signed up as a Guardian.

Choose your card

With a library of designs to choose from you can select a digital gift card tailored to suit any occasion.

Select number of SGC’s

Sacred Groves provides many denominations for you to choose from making it a flexible decision.

Add personal details

Add details of your recipient, a personalised message and your gift is ready to send!

Gifting is easy!
Just follow the steps below.

Eco friendly gifts that will make a positive difference to our planet

Why eco-friendly gifts?

Do you find yourself struggling to find gifts for your friends and relatives? Do you end up buying gifts that wont get used or that are simply unnecessary? Why not consider switching to eco-friendly gifts to reduce the negative environmental impact of traditional gifts?

Zero waste

Traditional gifts require packaging, printing, travel, and delivery, all of which consume energy and generate waste. Eco-friendly Gifts such as Sacred Groves Clusters reduce environmental impact and spread awareness of the need to make greener choices in life.

Unique approach to conservation

Your eco gift recipient will be introduced to a whole new way to participate in the process of conservation. It’s a great way to spread the message of environmental conservation and maximising your impact.

Why Planet-Positive Gifting Is The Future

To gift or not to gift? As the world heats and human plastics choke waterways and harm endangered species, it’s the question many of us are asking ourselves. A hundred sq km of wrapping paper and more than 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be binned on Christmas Day in the UK, with 800 tons of plastic waste collected, in India, on the day after Diwali. And while the 29th November, ‘Black Friday’ is hailed by bargain hunters and Christmas shoppers, it wreaks havoc on the environment, with a 2021 study by environment thinktank the Green Alliance finding that nearly all Black Friday purchases end up as waste.

In recent years, many consumers have been moving away from gifting newly made items to ‘experiential’, upcycled, second-hand and eco-friendly gifts.

Take the example of London lawyer Alex Law, 29, who dubs himself an ‘ethical non-consumer’.

“I think so much stuff just gets chucked into landfill and I do my best to ethically reuse things already around: buying a picture frame to customise for a friend, for example.” Law adds that consumer ethics and a heating planet are informing what he sees as a generational shift. “My friends and I are keenly aware of the carbon that’s gone into any product we buy as well as the risk of factory exploitation in the manufacture of cheap goods,” he says.

A 2017 report by Goldman Sachs Research, the Millennial Spending Survey, highlighted three consumption trends we are likely to see more of as millennials reach their peak spending years, around the age of 40. Alongside a more pronounced migration to online purchasing, which was super-powered during the pandemic, the report predicts a growing demand for markets for ‘efficient exchange of pre owned products’. Attendant to this growing demand for pre owned items is ultra-low environmental impact, or planet-positive or environmentally friendly gifting.

Buying gifts can almost feel like a formality one needs to fulfill, but there are examples where people are finding alternative paths to navigate this situation.

Rachel Mills, founder of ecological education charity Buttercup Learning stopped buying Christmas ‘stuff’ for adults in 2019, although she does buy her daughter material goods she needs second-hand. “I now go product-free with gifts for friends, visiting (charity listing site) workforgood.co.uk and picking a charity that matches the recipient’s values, be it concern for animals, deforestation, or homelessness, and making a donation in their name.”

Aimee Higgins, co-founder of grassroots climate action charity Every One Of Us, is also trying to go ‘planet positive’ in her giving following the dramatic picture of the world’s plight reported in the recent Cop 26 climate change conference. “I choose either ‘experience’ gifts that will give the person I’m gifting to a lifetime's memories or something that supports an organisation that’s doing good. This year I have funded tree planting for one friend and sponsored an elephant in an African sanctuary for my business partner Sonia.”

New York-based Alex Sands, 35, gave up presents last year after being overwhelmed by the number of plastic toys sent to children over a Christmas in lockdown. “I hid some of the presents away because they were given so much” she says, adding that for years she feels that Christmas prompted her to “panic buy” and spend far too much.

A 2018 study by the University of Lund in Sweden found that a seasonal spike in heart attacks during the Christmas period might be caused by increased emotional stress, including the pressure to excessively give gifts.

Now Sands donates to charity instead and this year is sending chickens to a community in rural Africa through the Send a Cow charity on behalf of her family. A chicken costs US $10, she says and a cockerel costs $7. Sands’ gift recipients can follow the progress of their avian friends on the charity’s site. Sands admits that not giving material presents is something of a relief. “We can just enjoy spending time together as a family,” she says.

And maybe that’s the best gift of all.

Gift planet-positive this year by buying a Sacred Groves cluster for friends and family.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Sacred Groves we value transparency. Below you will find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions but if you need any further information please feel free to reach out to us on social media or at [email protected]

Sacred Groves is a platform that enables environmentally sensitive individuals and companies to take meaningful actions in protecting our planet’s biodiverse habitats. A Sacred Groves Cluster is a digital/ virtual unit of a natural habitat being protected and conserved by Sacred Groves.

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion like a Birthday or Anniversary, or simply want to thank someone, in a matter of minutes you can sign up as a Guardian and send a gift that doesn’t cost the earth. The Sacred Groves Clusters cost as much as a nice bouquet of flowers and are valid for ten years. Our planet is the greatest gift of all – with the gift of a Sacred Groves Cluster, you can get your loved ones started on a journey of conservation!!

Sacred Groves Clusters (SGCs) make a cool digital eco-friendly gift for environmentally sensitive people who are keen on the protection and conservation of natural habitats all over the world. After all our planet is the greatest gift!

By signing up to become a Guardian and accepting this gift, your recipient will have access to a whole lot of information about the natural habitat being protected (such as real time weather, green cover, description of the area, gallery of images, Surveyor’s Report, etc.) along with details of their SGCs (area protected, carbon sequestered and pollution removal over ten years, biodiversity coverage, exact location (latitude longitude) with a pin drop on Google Earth, altitude, etc.). All the SGCs are placed on the blockchain for transparency, traceability and trust.

Through our web and mobile applications you can support and gift upto 10,000 Sacred Groves Clusters (SGCs) in a twelve month period. For supporting or gifting more than 10,000 SGCs, please contact us at [email protected].

A Sacred Groves Cluster can be supported via a choice of three currencies (GBP, USD, EUR) for a nominal sum of £40 / $50 / €45, for a period of ten years. Our easy to use calculator shows the positive impact of supporting an SGC in terms of the area protected, biodiversity coverage, carbon sequestered and pollution removal over ten years.

Sacred Groves Clusters make a thoughtful Corporate Gift. The Sacred Groves Clusters can be easily personalised, can be sent anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes and are great for the planet too! With a growing awareness of the need for rapid climate action, SGCs have a wide appeal across different stakeholder groups such as staff, customers, investors, suppliers, etc.

The process of Gifting a Sacred Groves Cluster is very simple and takes only a few minutes.

Step 1 – Sign Up as a Guardian OR Login to your account if you are already a Guardian.
(a) On the web application Sign Up (https://application.sacredgroves.earth/signup) as a Guardian OR Login (https://application.sacredgroves.earth/login).
(b) On the mobile application, download the Sacred Groves app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play.

Step 2 – Click on the Gifting tab/ icon on our web or mobile application.

Step 3 – Follow the steps on the Gifting page.
(a) Choose an occasion and gift card.
(b) Enter the recipient details – name, email address OR phone number.
(c) Input your message.
(d) Preview your selection to make sure everything looks ok.
(e) Either purchase your SGC for gifting OR gift from your own SGC portfolio.

Please remember your Gift Recipient has 30 days to accept your gift, so do let them know about the cool digital eco friendly gift you’ve sent!

The process of accepting the Gift of Sacred Groves Clusters is very simple and takes only a few minutes.

Step 1 – Get notified!
You will receive a notification (email/ in-app) with the details of your Gift eg. the sender, the gift card, number of SGCs, etc. Click on the link and Sign up/ Login with the same email address. Please remember the Gift has an acceptance validity of 30 days so please sign up before that!

Step 2 – Sign Up as a Guardian OR Login to your account
(a) On the web application Sign Up (https://application.sacredgroves.earth/signup) as a Guardian OR Login (https://application.sacredgroves.earth/login)
(b) On the mobile application, download the Sacred Groves app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play.

Step 3 – Enjoy the Sacred Groves experience!
Your Gift reflects on your dashboard almost instantly when you sign up (if you are a new Guardian) or the moment it is sent to you, if you are an existing Guardian. On the dashboard, you can see your impact – area protected, biodiversity coverage, carbon sequestered and pollution removed over a ten year period. You will also have access to habitat level indicators like real time weather conditions, images of the habitat, Surveyor’s Report, etc.

We all make mistakes like the occasional typo or not realising that someone has changed their contact information. There are two ways to resolve the issue:

1. You could send another Sacred Groves Cluster (SGC) to the person you want to gift, with the correct email address or phone number. The SGC sent to the incorrect email address or mobile number will automatically revert to your account at the end of the 30 day gift acceptance period.
OR
2. You could email us at [email protected] for assistance with cancelling the transaction.

Your gift recipient most likely, did not accept your gift as they are not aware of Sacred Groves. Here’s what you can do –

(A) Talk to your gift recipient about:
1. The concept of Sacred Groves.
2. Sacred Groves Clusters and how they protect natural habitats.
3. Re-send the gift.

OR

(B) Send the gift of Sacred Groves Clusters to someone else who cares about the environment.

Since the recipient of the gift was not able to accept it within the 30 days acceptance period, the Sacred Groves Clusters (SGCs) have reverted to your account.

Here’s what you can do next:
1. Inform the recipient about Sacred Groves and make them aware they need to sign up as a Guardian to accept the gift. You can re-send the gift if you wish.
2. Gift Sacred Groves Clusters to those who are passionate about the environment. Your gift will get them started on a journey of conservation. This is a great way to multiply your personal impact.
3. Invite your friends and family to join. Gift them SGCs to encourage them to get started.

In order to successfully access and accept your gift of Sacred Groves Clusters (SGCs), you will need to sign up with the same email address or phone number used by the person sending the gift. In case you’ve signed up with a different email address or phone number and are unable to access your gift, you could:

1. Request the person who sent you the gift to send you another SGC using the email address or phone number that you used to sign up.
OR
2. You could email us at [email protected] for assistance.

In order to successfully access and accept your gift of Sacred Groves Clusters (SGCs), you will need to sign up with the same email address or phone number used by the person sending the gift. In case you’ve signed up with a different email address or phone number and are unable to access your gift, you could:

1. Request the person who sent you the gift to send you another SGC using the email address or phone number that you used to sign up. The gift sent earlier will revert to the Gift Sender at the end of the 30 day gift acceptance period.
OR
2. You could email us at [email protected] for assistance.

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