Way back in April of 1872, before Arbor Day was recognized as a national holiday, J. Sterling Morton wanted to beautify the Nebraska landscape to attract people to the newly-found state. One million trees were planted by Nebraskans on that April day as Morton encouraged others to protect our environment. Since then, ten million trees are planted every year on Arbor Day.
Almost 150 years after the first Arbor Day, there are more ways to pay homage to the holiday founder and his efforts towards the environment than ever before. Here’s how.
Plant A Tree
Simple, yet so effective. The core of Arbor Day is about planting trees to replenish the very things that provide necessities of our lives. The Arbor Day foundation makes planting a tree, which seems like a daunting task considering the size they grow to, easy with their guide.
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
While it may seem like a no-brainer, there are lots of small changes you can make within your office to reduce waste. Save some trees (and money!) by turning into a completely paperless office. Your team can also recycle any other office supplies you use.
Buy Recycled Boxes
Your mind likely doesn’t jump to buying cardboard shipping boxes when you think of ways to celebrate Arbor Day. But the outcome of buying recycled cardboard boxes is huge. In fact, it’s one of the quickest and most efficient ways for a company to make an impact on their global footprint. By using recycled boxes, your company will make a bigger impact on the environment than any individual could in one lifetime. How so?
When any business buys 1,000 recycled shipping boxes it saves 19 trees, over 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 1 ton of CO2, and over 5,000 KWHS of electricity. Think about the difference your company could make by making a change in your packaging. Your efforts would save thousands of trees every time you place an order instead of just on Arbor Day.
Small actions can have a massive impact. Find out how to switch your packaging.