As the creator of one of the most famous flames of all time, Zippo is intimately aware of fire’s usefulness – a force of nature to be summoned at will. But this power, when wielded carelessly, can have devastating effects. Nowhere is this more evident than fire’s impact on forests across the globe. Wildfires destroy 4%* of the Earth’s surface each year, with 84%* as a result of human hand.
Zippo is working with WOODCHUCK USA and launching a global Fight Fire with Fire project that aims to help counter the effects of deforestation caused by wildfires. Zippo has pledged to plant a tree for each windproof lighter sold from the Fight Fire with Fire collection, to shine a light on the effects of wildfire, starting with Zippo’s first planting sites in Madagascar. Globally renowned storyteller, National Geographic, has documented the efforts.
With unprecedented wildfires reported as far north as the Arctic Circle, and research citing humans as the main threat to the very existence of a third of all remaining animal species*, there is a shared sense of urgency to protect our planet and biodiversity. Zippo believes every individual has the power to make a positive difference; humans are responsible for the majority of fires, so the solution also rests in our collective hands.
To help educate on the problem of wildfires and their causes, National Geographic has produced a video for Zippo and a photography series in Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island; a land mass that has had 90% of its original forests destroyed. The content produced by National Geographic, focuses on what people are doing to rectify the issue. Real stories show what impact the initiative is having on the ground, sharing the experiences of those who plant mangrove trees, those who work to conserve wildlife, and those who fight to undo the damage caused by fire. The content also details how this positively impacts the planet as a whole, and how the work in these ecosystems is helping restore the Earth’s delicate balance.
Lucas Johnson, Senior Brand Manager, Global Marketing at Zippo comments: “Temperatures are at the highest level on record and wildfires are affecting almost every continent on Earth, but unlike most natural disasters, the majority of wildfires are caused by humans. In the US alone there are around 100,000 forest fires each year clearing up to 9 million acres of land*. The Zippo windproof lighter gives people the power of portable fire, but with this comes responsibility. Which is what inspired us to work with our partners WOODCHUCK USA, documented by National Geographic, to not only shine a light on the devastating effects of fire when it’s misused, but to start reversing damage done by human error. Our work in Madagascar is the first step towards a longer term commitment for the brand.”
One of the most recognised brands in the world, Zippo was founded in the fall of 1932 by George G. Blaisdell in Bradford, Pennsylvania, where it has manufactured over 550 million windproof lighters. With the exception of improvements to the flint wheel and modifications in case finishes, the product remains unchanged and is backed by the company’s famous lifetime guarantee – "It works, or we fix it free.™" Zippo’s diverse product line includes lighters and accessories; butane candle lighters; fragrance, and a robust line of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts. Zippo markets in over 180 countries, and owns Bradford-based W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company and the Ronson family of brands. For more information, visit zippo.com.
WOODCHUCK USA is a technology-driven wood products manufacturer specializing in customization, founded with a simple mission, to put nature back into people's lives. WOODCHUCK USA believes humans are meant to have a deep connection with the Earth, and it wants to be a daily reminder of that with its real wood products. With every product sold, WOODCHUCK USA plants a tree via its ‘BUY ONE PLANT ONE’ ® program. It's the company’s way of making a better world for future generations, pledging “It's not about us, it's about our planet and how we can make a difference now.”
|Image Caption : New Zippo windproof lighter collection, made in partnership with WOODCHUCK USA||click for high-res image|