The 2022 Fire Season Has Begun in the US
This is a problem that appears to be getting worse each year. The fire season used to be much shorter than it is now-spanning from late July through August. However, due to the changing climate, lack of resources, and people moving away from cities and into dense forest towns, the fire season seems to go on year-round.
The Pacific Northwest region, in particular, is being devasted by these fires…
Original Grain’s founders, Andrew and Ryan Beltran, are from the Pacific Northwest and Andrew still lives in Oregon. Thus, fire-season is an issue that literally hits close to home. That’s why this year, the Beltran brothers are committed to doing what they can to provide assistance.
Here at The Get Well, we love sustainable companies and the products they make. So it should come as no surprise that we’ve been long-time fans of Original Grain. This year, however, even we were surprised by their incredible commitment to helping with a huge environmental problem.
Original GRAIN IS Trying TO HELP
Original Grain plants trees, helps clean up fire-damaged forest areas, and uses that burnt wood to create beautiful, hand-crafted watches! They also are donating a portion of the proceeds to fire-preventing non-profit organizations. Click here to shop and support the cause and get 20% off sitewide! (Use code: SAVETHETREES20)
Original Grain: Making a Difference (By Hand)
The Beltran brothers have been honing their craft since 2013 when they launched Original Grain on Kickstarter. Their meticulously hand-crafted timepieces were an instant success, becoming the third most-funded campaign on the platform at the time. Over the past 9 years, they have amassed over 20,000 5-star reviews and counting. They guarantee no two watches are the same, and they also guarantee that every watch they sell will make a positive impact on the environment.
Below are just some of the ways that Original Grain helps the planet and gives back to its community:
A Tree Is Planted For Every Watch Sold
Every Original Grain watch is made using reclaimed forest wood from all over the world (or from awesome things like ammo boxes, whiskey barrels, and even guitars).
Sustainability has been a major part of the Original Grain mission since it started. Because they use wood in nearly every accessory they create, they plant a tree for every item they sell. It’s a simple concept but few companies actually do anything to give back to the environment.
The Forests Can’t Restore Themselves Fast Enough
It may seem obvious to those who have seen the aftermath of any forest fire, but for those who haven’t, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the damage. In recent years, the increased frequency and severity of fires have exponentially worsened that damage.
Although fires are sometimes a natural occurrence that a forest can recover from without any help, that is not always the case. Oftentimes, fires are worse due to human interaction, and in those situations, the forest needs some help being restored. That’s where Original Grain comes in…
Burnt Trees Are Removed, Reclaimed, and Reused
The fire-stricken forest floors need to be cleared in order for young trees to vegetate and make space for new trees to be planted. Burnt wood loses its strength and integrity and therefore can not be used for lumber, furniture, or even paper. But it’s not useless–Original Grain, discovered a way to turn the charred wood into something beautiful.
The smoothed, blackened wood is combined with resin to create a hardened material that creates one-of-a-kind watch faces and wristband links. Every watch that Original Grain makes comes from something significant and/or sentimental, so the Fire Wood Resin Collection is no different. This collection commemorates a time that everyone affected by the fires will never forget. That’s why they say:
“It’s not just a timepiece. It’s a piece of time.”
But Original Grain doesn’t stop there, they take it one step further.
Profits Donated to Fire Prevention Organizations
This year Original Grain is donating proceeds from the Forest Fire Wood Collection to the Keep Oregon Green Association (a non-profit organization that has been committed to preventing human-caused wildfires for over 80 years).
Even today, it’s rare to find a company that is willing to take any steps to help the environment-especially if that means sacrificing profits. Original Grain is one of the rare companies that actually step up during hard times and fight for what they believe in. For us, that’s more than enough reason to earn our support as well as our business.
But, we have to admit it’s a pretty nice bonus that every single watch they make is a one-of-a-kind, head-turning timepiece that looks great with almost any outfit.
To Original Grain’s efforts to help prevent wildfires and get an amazing watch in the process, click here and save 20% on all of these hand-crafted accessories! (use code: SAVETHETREES20 at checkout).