Plant one tree and it will capture about 13 pounds of CO2 in its first year; when it matures, it will capture 48 pounds a year. That means by planting one young tree, you can offset the CO2 from shipping an average online shopping order. Or, if you plant 390 trees and let them mature, you can offset the 8.5-ton carbon footprint of the most sustainably living Americans.
If you consider the 27 tons of carbon emissions per person attributed to everyone in the United States, including all U.S. industrial emissions, it would take 1,238 trees to offset each American’s annual carbon footprint.
You can help plant trees across the U.S., starting at $1.00 per tree. Visit OneTreePlanted.org to select the region you want to replant, and get started with your personal carbon restoration project.
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This poster was originally published on August 4, 2020.