Why planting trees is the best way of giving back

Planting a tree

Why have we chosen to give a percentage of each sale to planting a tree?

As we are still a small and growing brand, it is hard to decide ways in which we can give back to society and our planet. In a previous interview, we mentioned the efforts we would like to take in the future by giving back to the people that make our garments, however, as we are still growing we would also like to contribute to Environmental Causes. 

So here is why we have chosen a to work with One Tree Planted in order to plant trees:

Climate Change

We are living at a time where we are having to deal with excess Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, majorly contributing to Climate Change, one of the world's biggest current problems. Now, as much as we urge people to stop burning fossil fuels, this is difficult to do and will still not be enough. As George Monbiot mentions in Nature Now, a Tree is the "magic machine" that is right in front of us. Trees help keep the planet cool by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere.

According to One Tree Planted, trees in cities can reduce the overall temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius. With more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities—a number expected to increase to 66% by the year 2050—pollution and overheating are becoming a real threat. Fortunately, a mature tree can absorb an average of 48 lbs of carbon dioxide per year, making cities a healthier, safer place to live. Annually, an acre of trees absorbs the amount of carbon dioxide equal to driving your car 26 000 miles. Trees are our main survival tools; only one tree can produce enough oxygen for four people.

 

Air Purifying

Trees help purify the air, just as it was mentioned above, trees absorb pollutant gases, such as nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide. Trees also absorb odors, sweep up particles like dust and smoke, acting as a filter, as little particulates get trapped in leaves. 

Water 

Their intricate root systems act like filters; removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the ground, which contributes to the prevention of natural disasters. This process prevents harmful waterside erosion, it also reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. According to Greenpop, trees need about 15 water gallons a week to survive but they release about 200-450 gallons of water per day. 

They can also prevent water pollution, as stormwater can be full of phosphorus pollutants and nitrogen. Without them, stormwater flows into oceans and waters without being filtered. Trees break the rainfall and allow water to enter the earth and seep into the soil. Therefore, they prevent stormwater from polluting oceans. 

Biodiversity 

One tree alone can be a home and a food source to hundreds of species ranging from insects to fungi and from moss to mammals. Of course, it depends on the kind of food and shelter they need, different forest animals require different types of habitats, for example, Oak and Sycamore Trees are most planted as homes for birds, squirrels, and bees. 

Without trees, forest creatures would have nowhere to call home.

Planting a palm tree

Social Impact

Job opportunities provided by the forestry industry extend from arborists to loggers, to researchers. Trees are not only relied on for work but sustainable tree farming also provides many other benefits, such as; timber to build shelter and wood to burn for cooking and heating. Let us also not forget about food-producing trees that provide fruit, nuts, berries, and leaves for consumption by both humans and animals, and guarantee health and nutrition. 

Benefits to Health

Trees aid with the reduction of stress, anxiety, and they allow us to reconnect with nature. In addition to this, trees provide shade and coverage that helps protect our skin from the ever-increasing harshness of the sun. 

Reinforcing Soil

Trees provide benefits to agriculture in many ways, such as by reducing soil erosion, increasing fertility and helping soil obtain moisture. Fallen tree leaves reduce soil temperature and prevent soil from losing too much moisture while decaying leaves that fall onto the ground, turn into nutrients for tree growth and promote microorganism development.

 

Trees

 

In case this information has not convinced you of the benefits of planting trees yet, please take the time to watch Nature Now, brilliantly narrated by Greta Thunberg and Goerge Monbiot.

"We need to stop funding things that destroy nature and pay for things that help it". 

 Information and photo credits go to One Tree Planted and Greenpop

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