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Our Part for the Pacific West


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Pacific Northwest Essences has set up an ongoing quarterly donation program to carefully selected nonprofit organizations that work to protect our earth’s wildlife and habitats. We’ve chosen to focus our efforts on nonprofits that are active in the larger Pacific West region, and that have the know-how and organizational capacity to effect real changes.

This is how it works: every time you make a purchase on our web site using the discount code ForThePacificWest, you will get 10% off your order (excluding the shipping) and we will make an automatic donation of 10% of your order value to whichever nonprofit we are featuring that quarter. We change which nonprofit we are supporting every few quarters in order to spread our contributions among a range of deserving organizations.

Currently all proceeds from this promotional code will be going to The Northwest Environmental Defense Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the environment and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. Founded by a group of law professors and students in 1969, NEDC acts as an environmental watchdog to hold regulators and companies accountable and fill advocacy gaps that warrant attention. The group engages with government agencies and tracks federal and state actions in the region to help enforce environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. NEDC uses litigation and creative legal strategies to fulfill its mission, and is committed to expanding their work and partnerships with communities that have been disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution. Our first payment to NEDC will be made in April 2021, reflecting all contributions from the first quarter of the year.

In addition to our quarterly donation program, for several years we also contributed monthly to SeaLegacy, a Canada-based organization run by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier dedicated to the protection and recovery of the world's oceans. SeaLegacy uses a project-driven, three-pronged approach to driving lasting and sustainable change: First, they lead photographers and filmmakers on expeditions to capture the beauty and the threats below the surface of our oceans. Next, they use this media to create visually stunning global campaigns that reach millions of people every week, and that are designed to trigger advocacy and global change. And finally, they invest in inspiring, community-centered projects around the world that are creating healthier, more abundant oceans one solution at a time. 

There are a number of other pro-environment nonprofits that do meaningful work on conservation in the Pacific West. We would encourage you to support any of these organizations, and we plan to support each of them with our quarterly donation program in the near future: 

  • Conservation Northwest: This Washington State–based nonprofit is dedicated to protecting wildlands, connecting habitat, and restoring wildlife populations from the Washington Coast to the British Columbia Rockies. Conservation Northwest brings together diverse stakeholders including conservationists, farmers, indigenous and First Nations peoples, hikers and climbers, hunters and anglers, and others to find collaborative solutions for challenging issues including creating habitat corridors, conserving wilderness areas, restoring forests, and recovering endangered species. Through their on-the-ground work, educational outreach, and activism, they aim to preserve the natural legacy of the Pacific Northwest for generations to come.
  • Puget Soundkeeper’s mission is to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound. The organization monitors Puget Sound water quality, helps set strong policies and regulations to protect the region’s waterways and the health of its citizens, partners with local and regional groups to advance collaborative solutions, and works to enforce environmental regulations, engage citizens and businesses in cleanup projects, and educate the public about local water pollution issues. A founding member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest-growing nonprofit focused solely on clean water, Soundkeeper actively patrols the waters of Puget Sound to monitor for pollution, and helps to enforce the Clean Water Act through legal action as well as through engagement with businesses, government agencies, and Puget Sound communities.
  • Save Our Wild Salmon is committed to restoring abundant, self-sustaining, fishable populations of salmon and steelhead to the Columbia-Snake River Basin. Based in Seattle and Spokane, Washington, this coalition of northwestern and national conservation organizations, recreational and commercial fishing associations, clean energy advocates, businesses, and citizens has two primary goals: First, they are working to secure a durable, lawful, science-based federal plan to protect and restore the endangered populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, including the removal of several large dams that have contributed to their rapid demise. And second, they are lobbying for a modernized U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty that would prioritize ecological goals and outcomes equally with energy production and flood management, and would engage Columbia Basin Tribes and First Nations as full partners in its planning and implementation.
  • Washington Wild is devoted to protecting and restoring wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education, and civic engagement. This member-based nonprofit is the only statewide group dedicated to protecting wild lands and waters, and works closely with both national and local grassroots advocacy groups to achieve their mission. The organization develops campaigns in support of federally designated Wilderness and federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, which are the strongest protections available for federal lands and waters, and monitors and advocates against ecological threats such as dam and mining proposals, military training, timber sales, and geothermal development. Washington Wild works collaboratively with Tribes, faith leaders, outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, anglers, local businesses, elected officials, and more, and has played a role in permanently protecting nearly three million acres of wilderness throughout the state since 1979.
  • Yellowstone Forever is the nonprofit organization affiliated with Yellowstone National Park. They support a variety of priority projects in the park, including sustainability efforts, targeted initiatives such as the Yellowstone Wolf Project, which reintroduced native wolves to Yellowstone, and the Youth Conservation Corps, a work-based education program for students aged 15 to 18. Yellowstone Forever’s focus is on protecting the park’s native wildlife and biodiversity, preserving the area’s natural resources, and offering opportunities for visitors to connect to wild places in order to inspire the next generation of park stewards.