Eco-Friendly Living

Become a Tree Hugger: 10 ways to save trees

Trees are so important for our planet, from giving us the oxygen we breathe, absorbing Co2, providing food, and homes for wild life – we can’t live without them. Yet, billions of trees are cut down each year to make room for agricultural land, development, or paper. Trees are one of our best defences against climate change, not only because of oxygen, but also because they provide food and homes to wildlife, which play their own role in the eco-system, without enough trees we have no hope off halting the climate crisis. Here’s little things we can all do to save some trees:

Switch your search engine 

ecosia search engine homepage, ecosia planted 50,000,000 trees

Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees with it’s ad revenue. Approximately 45 searches plants one tree, so you can save the Earth without needing to put your phone down. All their servers are run on renewable energy, so they’re not just carbon neutral, they’re taking Co2 out of our atmosphere, and planting native trees where there needed most.

Keep up with Tentree 

tentree viral instagram post reading "double tap to plant a tree"

Tentree posted the above image which became the third most liked photo on Instagram, and as a result will be planting 500,000 trees on Biak Island.  The trees will  absorb 500,000 tons of carbon across their lifetimes, provide over 5,000 days of work for locals, and provide homes & shelter to wildlife. Tentree also sell clothes, accessories, and more, where for every sale made, 10 trees are planted. Personally, I have my eye on their seed cards. 

Buy a Loxtox Box

lowtox box zero waste gift box to plant a tree

Lowtox box plant one three per box sold, and are a treasure trove for sustainable products – from zero-waste essentials, snacks, seasonal essentials, seed bombs, to beauty products. They have pre-made boxes such as travel, mindfulness, or plastic-free shaving, but you can also purchase items individually.

Plant trees 

tree sapling on a forest floor

So far the ideas have been about others planting trees on your behalf, but if you can plant trees yourself then go for it! Make sure to plant something native to the area, so you don’t disrupt the eco-system. You’ll be surprised at how attached you’ll get and the proud mom feeling that comes with watching your plants grow.

Buy bamboo instead 

bamboo shoots

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing crops in the world, and absorbs more Co2 than trees. Bamboo fibre can be made into almost anything from paper, tissues, toilet paper, clothing, toothbrushes, and more. It’s also compostable so will biodegrade.

Go vegan 

brown and white cows in a lush field

Animal agriculture uses approximately 83% of the world’s agricultural land, for only 18% of a average person’s diet. Whereas, a vegan diet cuts land-use by 76%, and halves greenhouse gas emissions (The Guardian). Forests are cut down to make way for agricultural land, and 75% of the world’s soy is grown to feed livestock – not the vegans. One of the best ways to save trees is to try veganism, or at least give Meat Free Monday a go.

Adopt a tree

a tree looms over a foggy rainforest

Adopting a tree or sponsoring trees being planted is also a good way to save trees, and you can adopt or sponsor trees for so many organisations that you can find one you love. For example, if you want to help maintain the rainforest, you might like Amazon Aid, The Orangutan Project, or something more local, which if you’re also Irish, a tree in Dún na Sí Amenity Park might jump out at you.

Say no to palm oil

palm oil trees in the amazon rainforest

Palm oil is a cheap ingredient found in almost everything from food to shampoo, but the production of it requires cutting down oil palm trees in the rainforest, which means wildlife loses it’s habitat. The rainforest is also referred to as “the lungs of the Earth”, but has steadily been getting smaller and smaller for decades now as consumerism has taken over. Make sure to read ingredients on products before buying, and also beware that palm oil can be known as different names such as, but not limited to: palm kernel oil, palmate, palmitic acid, stearate, and sodium kernelate.

Protest

a woman holding up a peace sign at a protest

Planting trees is important, but we also need to protect the trees that we already have. Old hardwood trees are the most efficient at absorbing Co2 and producing oxygen, which is why it’s important to protect them and younger trees aren’t as capable yet. One time an entire motorway in Ireland had to be re-planned because we didn’t want a tree/bush to be cut down – which was actually more for superstitious reasons rather than environmental in this instance but it shows that we do have power in cases like this.

Individuals can make huge changes

A story went viral about a couple in Brazil who planted 2 million trees in 20 years to recreate a forest that had been cut down. Once the trees had grown, the native wildlife moved back into the area and it flourished. Individuals can make astonishing changes if we put our minds to it.

viral image of a Brazilian couple who planted 2 million trees in 20 years

What are you doing to save the trees and live a greener life?

This is not a sponsored post, any companies, organisations, or groups mentioned were included because I agree with their ethos, and was not contacted or asked to include them.

 

12 thoughts on “Become a Tree Hugger: 10 ways to save trees

  1. I love some of these ideas for saving trees; I did not know about Loxtox boxes but would love to buy one! I live in a forest glade and love the trees. The story about the Brazilian couple was so inspiring!

  2. I always avoid palms oil and try to educate many people on why is not okay and why we should be careful when it comes to Nutella and peanuts butter and so on…And I love harvesting so I do my best to grow my food in the backyard and whenever I go out I bring my reusable cups, reusable straws, and my utensil.
    I love this post!!!!!!!
    Michelle| brokebutflawless.com

  3. These are all such great ideas! I love the ideas of adopting a tree or donating one in someone’s honor. My sister has planted two trees in Israel in honor of my two cats that have passed, and I thought that as such a sweet idea (to be honest, it’s sort of a religious thing, but at least they’re still planting trees!). I’m still trying to look more at labels when I shop for bath products for palm oil. It gets tricky, because you’re right, it goes by different names! You really have to do your research. And I love that idea about the search engine! What a genius idea! Thank you for all the tips!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

  4. Love this! I haven’t heard of Lowtox Box and Tentree but they sound like such awesome companies with great initiatives! And Ecosia’s super cool, I hope more Earth friendly tech companies like them start popping up soon. Great post!

  5. I love the fact you give options that everyone can work with, including a variety of levels of commitment. While some people may be prepared for a major life change like going Vegan or getting involved in activism, for others using Ecosia, checking out Tentree or purchasing the Lowtox Box is a great way to make a difference!

  6. This is so informative!! Thank you for writing it! I will be checking out the companies you mentioned. unfortunately I can’t plant a tree myself right now, but I am inspired to become more aware of the importance of them and advocate. Thank you!!

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