Some Interesting Tree Facts

Although we sell over 2500 restroom products and even offer paper towel dispensers, we feel very strongly about the need to save our trees and promote a greener, healthier world for our children and future generations to come.  We understand some people still just prefer the paper towel over using a hand dryer, but consider some of these facts first:

  1. A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.
  2. A healthy tree can have a value of up to $10,000.
  3. The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
  4. Each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution.
  5. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
  6. Water originating in our national forests provide drinking water for over 3400 communities, and approximately 60 million individuals.
  7. One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
  8. Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
  9. An average American uses about 750 pounds of paper every year, and 95% of homes are built using wood. That means each person uses the equivalent of one 100 foot tall, 16 inch diameter, tree every year for their paper and wood product needs.
  10. About one third of the United States of America is covered by forests.  And that is on the decline!
  11. The tallest tree in the country is a Coast Redwood growing in northern California’s Redwood National Park. It is 369 feet tall and over 2000 years old!
  12. You probably knew that trees were good for wildlife, but did you know just how good? For example, the common English Oak (Quercus robur) can support hundreds of different species, including 284 species of insect and 324 taxa (species, sub-species, and varieties) of lichens living directly on the tree. These in turn provide food for numerous birds and small mammals. The acorns of oak trees (which don’t usually appear until the tree is around 40 years old) are food for dozens of species, including wild boar (and now more commonly pigs), jays, pigeons, pheasants, ducks, squirrels, mice, badgers, and deer.
  13. The oldest living organism on Earth is believed to be the “Pando” colony of Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) in Utah, also known as the Trembling Giant. The colony of trees covers some 41.7 hectares (103 acres) and is estimated to weigh nearly 6,000,000 kilograms (6,600 tons), making it also the heaviest known organism. Being a clonal colony, the tree “trunks” all share identical genetic makeup. It is estimated that parts of the inter-connected root stock that links the colony together is in excess of 80,000 years old!

So ask yourself, is it really worth it to use paper towel or should we all move to hand dryers?  The answer is simple.  Hand Dryers are better for businesses, save money, energy, reduce landfill space, reduce the waste of water, and have so many indirect effects such as saving important insects and animals lives, promoting oxygen, reducing carbon dioxide, and so much more.  Leave the trees to do what nature intended and keep our Earth a greener planet.  Learn more at www.HandDryersVsPaperTowels.com.

Sources:

  • NYC Parks Department “Tree Census,” 2005-2006 (www.nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-census/2005-2006/benefits)
  • Ohio State University “Environmental Benefits Analysis of Trees for the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Gardens,” 2010
    (treesmatter.osu.edu/_documents/_pdfs/governorsresidence051910.pdf)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    (www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome) a. “Buffer Solution for Pork Production,” 2002
    (nrcspad.sc.egov.usda.gov/distributioncenter/pdf.aspx?productid=150&buffersolu4porkpro)
    b. “Forest Ecosystem Study Unit for the Georgia Envirothon,” 2006
    (www.fs.usda.gov/internet/fse_documents/fsm9_028556.pdf)
    c. “Carbon Storage and Accumulation in United States Forest Ecosystems,” 1992
    (www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_wo059.pdf)
    d. “Methods for Calculating Forest Ecosystem and Harvested Carbon with Standard Estimates for Forest Types of the United States,” 2006
    (nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/ne_gtr343.pdf)
  • U.S. Forest Service
    (www.fs.fed.us)
  • Management Information Services
    (www.misi-net.com)
  • Arbor National Mortgage
    (www.arbor.com)
  • American Forests
    (www.americanforests.org)
    a. “Calculations on CO2 Absorption”
    (www.americanforests.org/assumptions-and-sources/)
  • Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers (The Council of Tree & Landscape Appraisers (CTLA) is an organization of tree care and landscape associations, including TCIA, the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), PLANET, and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). These organizations work together to compile and produce the CTLA Guide to tree and plant appraisals.)
  • http://landarchs.com
  • http://www.savatree.com/

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