For every £100 you spend with us we'll plant 1 tree!
We were just going to leave our environmental statement and policy there.
But the word count seems a little low. Especially as this is such an important subject for us. It's not just a coincidence that it's featuring as our first blog post! So we thought we’d share with you why we teamed up with One Tree Planted in February and started planting trees.
The truth is, historically we’ve been a pretty terrible industry when it came to the environment. The amount of waste generated, solvents and PVCs used was astronomical.
Or it used to be!
Our industry seems to have taken a long hard look at itself, realised change was needed and progress is happening. There have been some great movements forward in the last few years. PVC-free banners being the predominant and most recent one to hit the headlines.
We even have a seamless wall graphic media made from recycled ocean plastic bottles..!
We’re over the moon with this, but just because something is labelled ‘eco friendly’ or ‘PVC-free’, does it actually mean it’s good for the environment or leaving a positive impact on the climate?
So many of the raw materials are sourced globally, and have a huge logistical carbon footprint as they make it to the UK and your workspaces.
So whilst our sector is making the strides it needs towards a better and more sustainable future, we’ve been listening to Greta and want to do more.
So we’re planting trees too!
Did you know trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.
Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
Have you ever taken an Aspirin? It comes from the bark of a tree!
Trees help to clean the air we breathe. Through their leaves and bark, they absorb harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks, offset carbon and reduce the effects of climate change.
Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. Their intricate root systems act like filters, removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the soil. This process prevents harmful waterslide erosion and reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Association, a mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000 litres of water every year.
A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Depending on the kind of food and shelter they need, different forest animals require different types of habitat. Without trees, forest creatures would have nowhere to call home.
- Young, Open Forests: These forests occur as a result of fires or logging. Shrubs, grasses, and young trees attract animals.
- Middle-Aged Forests: In middle-aged forests, taller trees begin to outgrow weaker trees and vegetation. An open canopy allows for the growth of ground vegetation prefered by animals like salamanders, elk, and tree frogs.
- Older Forests: With large trees, a complex canopy, and a highly developed understory of vegetation, old forests provide habitat for an array of animals, including bats, squirrels, and many birds.