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Shaklee Plants Millionth Tree on Earth Day

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In celebration of Earth Day, Shaklee Chairman and CEO, Roger Barnett, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Dr. Wangari Maathai plant Shaklee's millionth tree. The event was the culmination of Shaklee's 'A MillionTrees. A Million Dreams™  Campaign, begun just three years ago.

Schwartzenegger explained how large a million is in California terms: that many trees would fill the square acreage of Disney Land eighteen times over.

Inspired by the visionary works of Dr.  Maathai and her Green Belt Movement, Shaklee began a tree-planting campaign across the United States and Canada on Earth Day 2006, encouraging the company's 750,000 Members and Distributors to organize tree-planting events at the grassroots level in their respective communities.

Dr. Maathai, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was honored with the first Shaklee Eco-Entrepreneur of the Year Award™ for harnessing economic rewards through her non-profit organization which empowers communities around the world to protect the environment.

"Shaklee led the way in achieving carbon neutrality in 2000 and has mobilized its networks to plant a million trees for the planet, which is not only a great achievement, but an inspiration to all of us," said Dr. Maathai.

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"Shaklee has tried to show the world that companies can build long term successful businesses by helping millions of people have better health and more income, while making a meaningful impact on the world," says Shaklee's Chairman and CEO, Roger Barnett, named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2005.

"What you're doing here is extraordinary," said Schwarzenegger

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In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. Shaklee's environmental history and milestones are listed at

Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. Oprah has sung the praises of the cleaning products several times on her show, and they were also endorsed by Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Shaklee has over 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, and more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide. It operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. As part of the company's mission to provide an economic opportunity to one million families in 2009, while also taking care of our planet, Shaklee announced that it will waive all the costs to join over the next 30 days.


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