Alternative investments are growing in popularity as the banking crisis continues. Figures from the report show £11.3 billion has been invested in green and ethical projects and AAA recommends the sustainable plantations run by Greenwood Management in Brazil and Canada, where demand for timber is growing as the population's wealth increases.
James Howard, director at Emerald Knight, points out that many are skeptical about the stability of traditional investments, as saving rates become less and less competitive. By contrast, timber investments have beaten inflation over the past 100 years by an average of 3.3 per cent.
EIRIS figures also should that the number ethical investors has tripled, from 250,000 to three-quarters of a million. There is even a specialist ethical bank, Triodos, for those who want to support green investing.
Emerald Knight research found 16 per cent of Brits would only ever invest for personal profits, while 30 per cent think that you can have both profits and principles when it comes to investing.
AAA's analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, agrees with that sentiment and points out that, as ethical investments become more mainstream, there will be an increased demand for global green schemes.
"Forestry investment is popular because it works on two levels," Mr Johnson said. "It provides jobs for poor people in deprived areas - then, as their wages increase, helps them source timber for housing and furniture, something they take great pride in."
"Projects such as Greenwood Management's plantations schemes in Brazil are popular with individual investors and groups - a minimum investment of only $10,000 can get you started and it's a sound investment for the future."
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