Did you know that one single tree can absorb approximately 10 pounds of C02 in one year?
Forests play a major role in keeping our environment healthy. They encourage plants to grow and they feed the wildlife. They reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
Forests provide an abundance of oxygen and soil nutrients to the planet, that if lost or damaged would be impossible to replace.
These days, forests and woodlands are most often destroyed to make room for farmland to feed a growing global population (and its Westernized eating habits). Forests are also converted for the sake of cash crops, cattle ranching and commercial logging.
Deforestation, especially in the rainforest, is an ongoing environmental concern. The loss of trees has destabilized the Earth’s temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels. Every year, approximately 20,000 to 100,000 different species are lost due to deforestation.
If deforestation continues at this rate, it is estimated roughly 80% to 90% of tropical rainforest ecosystems will be destroyed by the year 2020.
There are ways to dodge this devastating statistic. Every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
Obviously, we need to decrease our paper consumption and recycle our paper scraps to help slow down the deforestation process. However, don’t be naive and think that recycling does not impact our carbon footprint. Chemicals are used for de-inking the paper before it is recycled and for converting scraps to post-consumer content.
Recycling our paper is only a small part of the green equation. You might try to reduce your paper consumption and switch over to paper with a high post-consumer content.
The next time you are about to print an email, buy a newspaper or magazine, or order a coffee in a paper cup, think about the number of trees that could be saved if you resist the urge.
Now, go and hug a tree!
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