Right on the heels of Earth Day is Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. What seems like a natural fit for eco friendly promotional products to give away to celebrate the holiday? Tree seedlings. What’s the one promotional product you should NEVER buy to promote Arbor Day? You guessed it, tree seedlings. Why? Isn’t it good for the environment to have more trees?
Yes, it is good to have trees, lots of trees, in our communities. They help filter the air of pollutants, provide shade and cooling to buildings, and are just delightful to view.
However, what people forget when giving away tree seedlings is that the little sprout could one day reach a height of 40 feet or more, with a drip line (the spread of the tree’s root system) that could be up to 12 feet diameter or more. So an improperly planted tree’s root system could interfere with anything that is within that drip line circumference, including sewer and water systems, foundations, and other structures.
Trees require special care when planting to survive and thrive. If planted too close together, the trees will not have enough room to spread their growth and could fall into ill health or restrict the growth of other surrounding shrubs and trees. They also require some careful watering to establish themselves properly. Once a tree’s health fails, it may need to be removed, sometimes at an expense into the hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Plus, neighboring properties could be impacted by either a tree’s roots or growth. That is not a way to make friends in your neighborhood.
A better promotional product for these environmentally friendly holidays would be products are made of recycled paper. That will really help keep our planet filled with trees!
Another option would be to buy ecofriendly promotional products that make a donation to an organization that supports trees or environmental efforts. If you buy one of the products in our EcoSmart Collection at the PromoWithPurposeShop.com, a donation is made by the supplier to American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program which plants and cares for trees. Program no longer available.