Seasons Greetings - A gift to the planet

Our mission at Cracknell is to create a positive difference, so this year we are taking our responsibility of becoming more sustainable seriously. 

Therefore, in partnership with One Tree Planted (www.onetreeplanted.org), Cracknell have decided to plant one tree for every e-card we send out. This means over the next few months we will be planting hundreds of trees in the names of clients and colleagues as a thank you to you and a gift to our planet.
 
One Tree Planted is a non-profit reforestation charity from Vermont, USA. They not only plant trees but their mission is to educate the planet about the importance and effects that trees have on us, our health and the air we breathe.
 
Why planting trees helps our planet?
 
Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbons from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines. Ever taken an Aspirin? Originally it came from the bark of a tree!
 
AIR
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other greenhouse gases from the air, which cools the earth and release oxygen. One large tree can provide a day's supply of oxygen for four people. 
 
BIODIVERSITY
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.

SOCIAL IMPACT
Beside the 1.6 billion jobs. Sustainable tree farming provides timber to build homes and shelter, and wood to burn for cooking and heating. Food-producing trees provide fruit, nuts, berries, and leaves for consumption by both humans and animals, and guarantee health and nutrition. 

HEALTH
Trees help reduce stress, anxiety, and allow us to reconnect with nature. In addition, shade provided by tree coverage helps protect our skin from the ever-increasing harshness of the sun.

Head to www.onetreeplanet.org to find out more about their great projects.