Why we need to protect our trees
Trees play an incredible role in our lives and the health of our planet. They clean the air we breathe, ridding it of pollutants and CO2, whilst combating climate change by removing planet-wrecking emissions from the air around us.
Trees provide massive benefits to the local ecosystem by providing habitat, food and protection to not just smaller plants, but animals too. They also help improve water quality and enrich the soil with nutrients.
These green life-lines also help our mental health. Their mass of leaves reduce noise pollution which has been linked to increased stress levels and cardiovascular problems over time. They can also cool the air between 2 and 8 degrees Celcius in urban areas, whilst providing a space for us to retreat to and relax, creating green space and nature that our wellbeing thrives in.
The impact of using a tissue
However, we chop down these trees at alarming rates to get paper tissues, without even thinking twice about how it leads to increasing global warming and harming the environment.
According to a study in Hong Kong, which is known for is abundant use of tissues, up to 20 tonnes of paper tissue is sent to landfill every day. This is equivalent to 333 trees a day and 10,000 trees in one month, in just one city.
Hankies are the solution!
So rather than reaching for a packet of tissues in your next supermarket shop, grab some cotton handkerchiefs instead. These can be re-used, they don’t end up in landfill, and are a far more sustainable option – whilst also saving you money in the long run. A win-win solution right?!
A handkerchief is just a tiny piece of cloth, but the change it can bring around the world is huge – helping to reduce the number of trees cut down for tissue paper and fighting global warming at the same time.
There is a huge range of hankies available these days – and we ourselves have a collection of handkerchiefs, supplied in eco-friendly packaging of course. Browse the collection here.
It’s a small change to make in our daily lives, that collectively can have an enormous impact on us and the planet. Here’s to the Handkerchief, what a saviour!