Trees are one of earth’s most precious resources. Unfortunately, there are many alarming facts about trees and the destruction of forests that continue to make headlines. One that isn’t commonly mentioned is that 27,000 trees are used each day simply to supply the daily human consumption of toilet paper. And the demand for toilet paper and other paper products continues to increase as the global population is growing.Over the past 40 years, global consumption of paper goods has grown 400 percent and the U.S. alone consumes 68 million trees each year for paper goods alone.
Ways You Can Help
The world’s demand for paper products is not going away any time soon, and other pressures on our forests don’t seem to be letting up either (including insect destruction, forest fires, and vast deforestation). So what can you do to help? Here are a few ideas:
- Organize a Tree Planting Event for a Community: This can be at a school, church, park, house, or parcel of land. Local nurseries and other organizations may even donate trees to such an event. Planting tress is something the entire family can do and no better time to do that than in the Spring!
- Educate People About Trees: Enjoy the beauty of trees. Educate the younger generation about the importance of trees and the various types. This can be done in a classroom, on a hike or even in the park. Also, a great way to learn about trees is to plant some!
- Landscape Your Yard with Additional Trees: The more, the merrier. So, instead of the low maintenance rocks or more grass in the yard, dig some holes and plant trees!
- Take Action Against Forest Destruction: There are many groups that are working each and every day to fight the destruction of the world’s forests. A quick online search can find many organizations involved with this. Many of these organizations do regular tree plantings by the thousands in our precious forests. Get involved!
- Plant a Bio Urn with a Tree: If you have a loved one or pet’s cremated ashes sitting on the mantle or in an urn, take a portion or all and plant a beautiful tree memorial! The Living Urn offers over 20 hardy tree options for most parts of the U.S. and is a proven bio urn and planting system with tens of thousands of tree plantings. Many families plant in their yard, at a local park, in a cemetery, at a church, on a golf course, etc. It’s an easy to use system (even for the novice grower). With The Living Urn, you and your loved one (or pet) can now give back!
Why We’re So Concerned: The Benefits of Trees
Trees are one of the most valuable resources for mankind, providing us with many benefits. Some of the main benefits trees provide include:
- help clean the air
- provide us with oxygen
- provide shade
- prevent soil erosion
- provide wind breaks
- help clean the groundwater
- provide wildlife with food and shelter; and
- make the world a much more beautiful place to live.
The Living Urn’s National Tree Donation Program
The Living Urn is committed to doing our part in this effort. In 2017, we announced our National Tree Donation Program where for every Living Urn planted, we donate to plant a second tree in one of America’s forests in need of reforestation – doubling the impact! A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year, and two mature trees can supply enough oxygen to support a family of four.
Since launching this program, we’ve donated to plant, on behalf of our customers, thousands and thousands of trees to help critical efforts in our nation’s forests. And, just last week, we expanded this program to include The Living Urn Indoors / Patio product line.
Forest we’ve donated to to-date include the Tahoe National Forest in California, the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota, and the Pike National Forest in Colorado.
Tahoe National Forest
The Tahoe National Forest spans nearly 1,400 square miles in California, northwest of Lake Tahoe. In 2013 the American River Fire burned through 22,500 acres of trees in the Tahoe National Forest, creating a need to restore vast acreage of dense forest land. The Living Urn’s National Tree Donation program contributed to a project where more than 600,000 incense cedar, ponderosa pine, jeffrey pine, sugar pine and douglas fir trees are being planted in over 2,600 acres of forest. This is helping to restore the forest and provide a much needed habitat for wildlife.
Chippewa National Forest
The Chippewa National Forest, located in Northern Minnesota, covers approximately 1,400 square miles and includes over 1,300 lakes, 923 miles of rivers and streams and 400,000 acres of wetlands. It was established in 1908 and has more lakes and wetlands than any other forest in the U.S. and hundreds of miles of recreational trails. In July 2012 a destructive storm with winds approaching 100 miles per hour devastated an estimated 95,000 acres of forest land with thousands of mature conifer trees snapped off and also uprooted. Many of the large pine trees were lost, a habitat to one of the largest American Bald Eagle Populations. As part of the reforestation efforts, The Living Urn is contributing to a project that has a goal of planting one million red pine, white pine, white spruce and jack pine in the forest.
Pike National Forest
As a Colorado-based company, the Pike National Forest which has special significance and meaning to The Living Urn and all of our employees. The Pike National Forest is a beautiful forest covering approximately 1,730 square miles in Colorado with millions of trees. Large areas of the Pike National Forest have recently been devastated by fires, including the Hayman Fire, which is the largest recorded forest fire in Colorado. In the widespread moderate and high-intensity burn sections, 100% of the trees were lost. Along with the lost trees, future seed sources for natural regeneration were also destroyed. On behalf of our customers, we’re contributing to a project in the Pike National Forest that targets to plant 144,400 trees, re-establishing forest cover and protecting a critical watershed.