Why we've started planting trees?
We’re proud to announce that we’ve just partnered with registered charity, One Tree Planted to start supporting global reforestation projects. Planting trees is one of the best ways to combat the damaging effects of climate change which is why we’re planning to put 1000 into the ground over the next 12 months.
Our reforestation projects will span the globe and will all be completed in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create meaningful impact for nature, people, and wildlife.
Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives too, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
You’ll also notice that when you checkout on our store, you now have the ability to pledge £0.73 to plant a tree as a way of offsetting the carbon associated with your Green Bee® purchase.
Collectively, through the use of our beeswax wraps, you’ve already prevented 212 km of clingfilm from entering landfill, let’s take this one step further and start removing carbon from our atmosphere.
How trees help?
Did you know that one mature tree absorbs around 25kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year. The exact amount depends on the age, size and species of tree, but collectively global forests absorb around 2.1bn tonnes of Co2 over a 12 month period.
Trees also have some other amazing properties. They help purify the air that we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Forests also provide employment to over 1.6 billion people, offer food and shelter to indigenous communities, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines. If you’ve ever taken Aspirin, you might not know that Its active ingredient comes from the bark of a willow tree. Amazing right!
The six pillars of a tree
Trees help clean the air that we breathe by absorbing harmful pollutants from the atmosphere through their bark and leaves, while at the same time releasing oxygen for us to breathe. They essentially breathe in pollutants and breathe out oxygen.
Trees play a natural role in capturing rainwater. A tree’s root system acts like a filter, removing harmful particles, but also slowing the flow of water passing through it. This in turn reduces soil erosion, landslides, and flooding.
Forests provide some of the most biodiverse and vibrant eco-systems on the planet. Around eight out of ten species found on land live in forests, and a single tree often provides refuge for hundreds of mammals, insects, fungi, moss and plants. Without trees, many of these forest dwellers just would not survive.
We touched on this briefly above, however trees are excellent carbon absorbers as they use Co2 to build healthy trunks, branches, roots, and leaves. As a result a single hectare of trees can absorb between 1 and 10 tonnes of carbon every year depending on the tree species. Less carbon in the atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gasses (GHG) means that more of the sun’s thermal energy can escape our planet, reducing the impact of global warming.
Trees are known to reduce anxiety and fatigue which is why we often experience feelings of elation and contentment when walking through a quiet forest. In addition to this, the shade provided by trees helps protect our skin from the harshness of the sun’s rays.
Forests provide a livelihood for around 1.6bn people globally. From tree surgeons to loggers, conservationists to researchers; employment within the forestry industry is booming. Sustainable tree farming also provides timber to build homes and shelters, and wood to burn for cooking and heating for the 300 million people who call the forests their home.
Small changes, big impact.