Arbor Day is just around the corner, and we’re just as excited about it as can be. As a company that plants 1 tree for every single game we sell (thanks to Trees for the Future), we’re big fans of planting trees - the goal of Arbor Day. Especially when they’re planted to combat deforestation in places like Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
This year, we’d like to plant 50 trees on Arbor Day -- and we’ll be offering a special Arbor Day sale in order to help make that happen. But before we talk about that, let’s talk about why we planting trees is such a big deal in the first place. Here are our 5 Favorite Reasons to Plant a Tree:
1. Trees Improve Air Quality
You know this already, but it bears repeating: trees produce oxygen. One acre of trees provides enough oxygen in a year for 18 people. Trees also filter carbon dioxide (CO2), absorbing the carbon and releasing the oxygen back into the air for us to breathe. There is an excess of CO2 in our atmosphere due to the increased amount of fossil fuels being burned for energy right now, and it’s one of the biggest contributors to climate change. We need trees to help fix that.
2. Trees Clean Our Water
Trees filter gunk out of our drinking water, too. In much the same way as they clean the carbon out of carbon dioxide, trees also remove metals and other toxic pollutants from the soil they’re grown in -- keeping them out of our drinking water. As a bonus: while trees are keeping our water, clean they’re keeping soil from eroding by stabilizing excess sediment. They are ultra-efficient multitaskers.
3. Trees Lower Heating and A/C Costs
This may seem obvious, but when trees are planted in just the right places around buildings -- shading east- and west-facing windows, west and northwest parts of the property, and patios, driveways and air-conditioning units -- they can reduce cooling costs in the summer by 35-50%. They also reduce heating costs in the winter by offering extra insulation. Using less energy means putting less pollution into the air from power plants and air conditioners.
4. Trees Increase Property Values
Just as broken windows can signify an undesirable neighborhood, trees can also signify the character of a neighborhood. Tree-lined streets make neighborhoods look safer and more inviting, including deterring burglaries. Trees also add curb appeal and increase the value of the property it’s on.
5. Trees Make People Feel Good
Best of all, trees make us feel better. Lots of studies have been done on this, and the results are kind of amazing. Trees lower stress and aid concentration by reducing mental fatigue. Trees help patients in recovery heal faster and with fewer complications. Children with ADHD have shown fewer symptoms due to trees Trees also increase productivity in office workers who see trees outside their windows and along their commutes. Basically, just seeing a tree will make you feel better.
All of these reasons should inspire you to run out and plant a tree… but, you could always buy one of our games and let Trees for the Future do all the hard work for you, instead. That’s saving the planet AND treating yourself to an awesome science-friendly present. Breathe deep.
And remember -- WE'RE HAVING A SALE! Stay tuned for details!