Today is Arbor Day. Let's celebrate:
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Today is Arbor Day, and we're celebrating trees.
We all know trees are important, but just how important? Let's start with some stats: Shade/Cooling
- A young, healthy tree provides a net cooling effect equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners running for 20 hours per day.
- If you plant a tree on the west side of your home, your energy bills should decrease 3% in just 5 years. (Those savings will grow to nearly 12% in just 15 years!)
- Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase your home's value by up to 20%.
- Trees can stimulate economic development. Commercial retail areas with trees are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly and retain tenants for longer,
- One acre of forest absorbs enough carbon dioxide and puts out enough oxygen to meet the annual needs of 18 people.
- Trees can reduce stress significantly in as little as 5 minutes. A Texas A&M study found that visual exposure to trees yielded positive changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.
Okay, so trees are important.
Let's talk about how we can take good care of them. We've partnered with Western Michigan University* to compile a list of ways to love the trees around you.
1. Use tree-free paper products
(made from more sustainable materials, like bamboo, sugarcane, hemp, etc.)
- Opt for tree-free disposable plates, napkins, and flatware.
We love this bundle from Brandless: all items are biodegradable, and most are tree-free (made from sugarcane & bamboo!).
- TreeZero and True Green Paper also offer some awesome tree-free paper products made from sugarcane husk and bamboo grass.
2. Consider switching to reusable products
- Instead of paper towels, choose microfiber cleaning cloths, cotton napkins, reusable beeswax wraps, pop-up sponges, etc. (For more ideas, see this list of 12 sustainable alternatives to paper towels from Huffington Post).
- Pistachio Project has some great ideas for other reusable paper-free products you can use around the house, from coffee filters to handkerchiefs to cloth diapers to reusable paper towels. Check out their list here.
3. Cut down on paper usage
- Opt for electronic account management & e-statements whenever possible.
Bonus: many financial institutions offer incentives for online banking!
- If you do have to print physical copies, use recycled paper.
4. Plant trees
- Not all thumbs are green; we know this well. Luckily, the Arbor Day Foundation has tons of resources for proper tree care, from selecting and planting a tree to maintaining healthy, mature trees.
- Not sure what to plant? Bob Vila can help you decide with this list of the 10 best trees to plant in any backyard:
- Tulip Tree
- Saucer Magnolia
- Sugar Maple
- Silver Maple
- 'Green Giant' Arborvitae
- Weeping Cherry
- Red Oak
- American Holly
- Eastern Redbud
Do you have any tips on caring for trees or using tree-free products?
Share them with us!
*A huge thanks to the awesome students from the Western Michigan University's P sychology Department Behavioral Approaches to Sustainability Practicum, who helped us compile this post!