Happy Earth Day!
Here at Mister Kleen, we like to take time each year to thank mother earth and focus on improving the sustainability of our planet.
In previous years we’ve shared fun videos and informative tips. This year, however, we wanted to do something a little different and provide some important tree facts for you.
Trees play a vital role in our environment and unfortunately, more and more are getting cut down without being replaced. In fact, 80% of the world’s forests are already destroyed!
This creates a huge problem as we rely on trees not just for paper, but also to renew our air supply.
- The amount of oxygen produced by an acre of trees per year equals the amount consumed by 18 people annually. One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
- One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
- More than half of the world’s timber and 72% of paper is consumed by 22% of the world’s population (The United States, Europe, and Japan). Worldwide, industrialized countries consume over twelve times more wood products per person than non-industrialized countries.
- 80,000 acres of forests disappear from the Earth every day!
- Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water, as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
- The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
- The world’s rainforests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation.
- 700 pounds of paper are used by the average U.S. citizen every year.
- 46-58 thousand square miles of forests are lost every year. That’s equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.
- Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves. They also improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water, as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.