Zensah focuses on lasting impacts, strives for sustainability, and supports our local communities for positive change. Join us this Black Friday through Cyber Monday as we give back 10% of sales during this holiday shopping season to Friends of the Everglades.
Did you know that Zensah is actually a South Florida based company just minutes away from Miami and the Everglades? We love our local environment, and we are also severely affected by changes in this fragile ecosystem.
Here are some fun facts about the Everglades that you may not have known about before!
The Florida Everglades, located in South Florida, is one of the world’s most unique and fragile ecosystems. Often thought of as a swamp, it’s actually a slow-moving river flowing over an area 40 miles wide by 100 miles long.
Everglades National Park is the 3rd largest national park.
The Everglades is the only place in the world where American alligators and American crocodiles coexist in the wild. Crocodiles typically live in saltwater habitats while alligators usually live in freshwater marshes and lakes. In the Everglades, however, crocodiles and alligators can be found living together in the wild.
The Everglades is home to more than 360 different species of birds.
The Everglades once covered an area of over 4,000 square miles. But development, significant habitat destruction, and environmental degradation, including polluted water from Lake Okeechobee, have reduced the size of the Everglades to just half that size today.
The Florida Panther is the only subspecies of mountain lion remaining in the eastern United States. Sadly, they are often struck by cars at night, and are now critically endangered due to habitat destruction. With only 70-100 remaining in the wild, the Florida panther is one of the most endangered animals in the world.Does the Everglades really have an impact on us humans?
Does the Everglades really have an impact on us humans?
Yes! Here’s how:
Provides drinking water for more than 8 million people
Protects communities from hurricanes and floods by absorbing storm surge and drenching rainfall
Supports Florida’s $1.2 billion fishing industry
Generates $150 million of direct spending annually just in Everglades National Park
We chose to partner with Friends of the Everglades because we support their goals and mission to preserve, protect, and restore the only Everglades in the world.
This organization works to:
Compel government agencies to comply with existing environmental laws and resist any efforts to weaken such laws.
Encourage politicians to recognize the long consequences of their actions.
Spread awareness of the importance of the Everglades to the South Florida ecosystem.
The work that Friends of the Everglades does not only helps protect this precious ecosystem with hundreds of plant and animal species, but they understand the negative implications to us, as humans, by developing this land, and they fight against this. Here are some of their recent accomplishments and goals:
The Army Corps of Engineers pressed forward with a new plan for managing Lake Okeechobee. When it takes effect in 2022, it will impact ecosystems and people from the northern estuaries to Florida Bay. They are working to ensure the new plan minimizes the risk of toxic algae blooms.
They worked to oppose the extension of State Road 836 in Miami-Dade County, which would encroach on the Everglades but do little to reduce commute times.
They reengaged in the battle to keep commercial aviation out of Homestead Air Reserve Base, which sits between Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.
They launched a series of virtual Clean Water Conversations to educate the public on Everglades issues such as sugarcane burning and pollution in Biscayne Bay.
How you can help
By shopping on www.zensah.com between November 26-29th, 10% of your purchase will be donated to Friends of the Everglades so they may continue their efforts in protecting the South Florida communities and ecosystems. If you would like to get more involved, here are some ways you can get involved now!
Take action by sending automatic letters that only take 1 minute to complete.
Tell Florida Gov. DeSantis and DEP to reject oil drilling in Big Cypress Park here.
Send a letter to Commissioner Fried to support protecting communities from sugarcane burning here.
Send a letter to Gov. DeSantis and lawmakers urging them to protect the endangered Florida panther by stopping new toll roads here.
Tell Gov. DeSantis and DEP Secretary Valenstein to take bold action to prevent toxic algae here.