AIRPORT CITY, Israel and SILVER SPRING, Md., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SodaStream International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SODA), in collaboration with Trees for the Future (TFTF), today announced the launch of Replant our Planet, a program designed to help reverse environmental destruction and improve the atmosphere in Brazil by planting trees. The program is part of SodaStream's ongoing commitment to help offset carbon emissions and correct some of the damage caused by deforestation and other harmful actions. Beginning this month, SodaStream will plant 10 trees in Brazil for every purchase of a SodaStream home beverage carbonation system from the Company's Rethink your Soda limited-edition line. The program will run through the end of 2012.
"SodaStream is honored to participate in such an important project," said Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream. "Tree-planting improves local livelihoods through sustainable productivity related to healthy forests. These programs help increase food yield, protect soil erosion from wind and water to enable nearby agriculture, and create jobs for Brazil's timber industry. SodaStream's eco-friendly products will be available in Brazil in a few weeks, so this is a great way to begin our connection to the region."
David Tye, Executive Director at TFTF added, "Communities around the globe rely on trees to meet their basic needs, but they end up destroying their environment by simply trying to survive. Thanks to the support of forward-thinking businesses like SodaStream, Trees for the Future works with communities to plant fast-growing multipurpose trees, so that they can improve their livelihoods while also protecting the environment. It is a true win-win situation."
Why planting trees?
Planting trees is one of the most cost-effective ways to offset carbon emissions, as well as beautify an area. It takes only 16 trees to supply the oxygen for one person's life, and it is estimated that every five or six new trees can offset one ton of carbon dioxide during their lifespan. For more information or to donate to Trees for the Future visit: www.sodastream.com/planttrees
About Trees for the Future
Trees for the Future is an agroforestry resource center, working with people to improve livelihoods and restore degraded lands to sustainable productivity through planting beneficial trees. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations. Since 1988, Trees for the Future has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia to improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 65 million trees. For more information visit: www.plant-trees.org
SodaStream manufactures beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to easily transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. Soda makers offer a highly differentiated and innovative solution to consumers of bottled and canned carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. Our products are environmentally friendly, cost effective, promote health and wellness, and are customizable and fun to use. In addition, our products offer convenience by eliminating the need to carry bottles home from the supermarket, to store bottles at home or to regularly dispose of empty bottles. Our products are available at more than 50,000 retail stores in 42 countries around the world. For more information please visit www.sodastream.com.
Forward Looking Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements, which express the current beliefs and expectations of management. Such statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks relating to: our ability to expand into our target markets, including the United States; our ability to continue to develop or maintain our presence in retail networks; our ability to develop and implement production and operating infrastructure to effectively support our growth; the success of our marketing campaigns and media spending in terms of increased sales or increased product and brand name awareness; our ability to maintain our customer base in markets where we have an established presence; the risks associated with our reliance on exclusive arrangements for the distribution of our home beverage carbonation systems and consumables in each of the markets in which we use third-party distributors; our ability to compete effectively with other companies which currently offer, or may offer in the future, competing products; potential product liability claims if any component of our home beverage carbonation systems is misused; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; our being found to have a dominant position in certain markets which may place limits on our ability operate; risks associated with our being subject to fluctuations in currency exchange rates; our potential exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities; our products being subject to extensive governmental regulation in the markets in which we operate; adverse conditions in the global economy which could negatively impact our customers' demand for our products; and other factors detailed in documents we file from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Corporate Development and Communication
Trees for the Future Contact:
Crystal J. Wright
Managing Director of Finance and Operations
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