It goes without saying that we’re huge fans of trees. But does 1 tree really have that much of an impact? Check out the facts for yourself.
1 Tree = Oxygen For You & A Friend
The average fully grown tree produces the oxygen needed for two people to breathe all year long.
1 Tree = 2,500 Apples
1 full grown apple tree can provide 2,500 apples each year. That’s a lot of food for local animals like birds, insects, and other wildlife, not to mention humans. Around the world, we work with ‘agroforestry’ farmers to plant fruit trees like pineapples and mangoes to help feed communities nutritious food.
1 Tree = Less Water Damage
Planted in an urban environment, a tree can prevent quite a bit of damage and erosion from heavy rains. Each year, 1 tree will soak up 2,300 gallons of stormwater runoff. That’s about as much water as you’ll drink in 12 years.
1 Tree = A Stable Climate
The average full grown tree will absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon pollution every year and, by the time it reaches 40 years old, will have absorbed 1 tonne of carbon dioxide.
1 Tree = Cooler Cities
Planting a tree in an urban environment will help you keep the city cool in the summer. Trees do this by providing shade and exhaling water vapour from their leaves. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 young, healthy tree has the same impact as 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 times a day.
920 Trees = A Carbon Neutral Life
So how many trees are needed to have a carbon neutral life? It turns out, the average North American will need to plant 920 trees in order to offset the average carbon footprint. 46 trees will absorb 1 ton of carbon dioxide each year, and the average North American has a carbon footprint of 20 tons.
Looking to neutralize your carbon footprint? Check out our Climate+ packages — they allow you to plant trees to offset your daily pleasures like steamy showers, avocado toast and weekend getaways.