There is an ongoing toll on the animals that live in the forests that are logged for paper and other wood products. As more and more trees are removed from the forest the natural habitat for these animals is lost or damaged. The people living around these forests are also significantly impacted – our over-use of paper comes at a very real cost!
The fact is ALL of us are being impacted by the loss of our natural forests, whether we are exposed to it daily or not….. So, why do trees matter to us?
This seems so obvious. Trees matter because they are part of creation and an inherent part of every ecosystem on planet earth.
We walk under them, seek shade from the sun and protection from other weather. We eat their fruit, enjoy their beauty, and gain amazing benefit through our connection with nature.
Forests are the natural habitat for a vast number of plants and animals, many of these simply cannot live anywhere else.
Trees also function to support the living earth by:
- Enriching and holding soil
- Absorbing carbon dioxide
- Releasing oxygen
- Regulating the climate
- Providing eco-systems for diverse animal and plant species
There is no cure for deforestation
Plant, animal, and ecosystem diversity is lost in a way that can never be recreated when we cut down our original forests and replace them with commercial tree farms that are treated with pesticides and are barren of wildlife.
Rather than truly restoring the native forest, many companies create what is known as monoculture plantations – farms with only one species of tree.
These tree farms are called ‘green deserts’ by their opponents, because these plantations consume vast quantities of water, causing rivers to dry up, lead to erosion, deterioration of water quality and loss of fishing and water resources to local communities.
Hidden toll on Animals
Deforestation also destroys the habitats of a wide variety of animals, including many that are endangered. Birds, reptiles, and mammals all face habitat destruction due to deforestation and clear-cutting.
Many of these animals have difficulty seeking new habitats because the surrounding areas may be clear-cut or filled with humans.
Some animals have adverse interactions with humans, especially large predator species; others are simply incapable of adapting and quietly die off.
Simply put. It is a critical and life-positive decision to take steps to reduce or replace paper. Our focus is on a viable and simple alternative to paper bags with our reusable hemp bags.