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Article by Food and Trees for Africa 6 September 2013

More trees from Nampak this Arbor Month

Following on from the planting of 60 trees last year, Nampak Liquid Cartons, in conjunction with Food & Trees for Africa, planted 37 trees on Monday 2 September as part of Arbor Month, at the Mjoji Primary School in Verulam, Durban.

This is the first of over 100 trees to be planted by Nampak Liquid Cartons at various benefactors around the country throughout September. Nampak Liquid Cartons manufacturers Conipak® and Pure-pak® fibre-board cartons. These are produced from paper, a truly infinite renewable source of packaging. For every tree that is chopped down for the production of paper 1,3 new trees are planted. In other words the more fibre-board cartons that are consumed, the more trees are planted. They also check that their paperboard supplies are responsibly sourced from sustainable forests. In most cases, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC, [Status]) Chain of Custody Certification and similar traceability initiatives are the benchmark. As a result, they can track their cartons to the plantations where the fibre-board originated.

The partnership with Food & Trees for Africa is Nampak Liquid Cartons way of making sure that the important messages associated with Arbor Month and other important environmental focus days remain relevant and top-of-mind throughout the year.

Arbor Month, in September, reminds us of the positive contribution trees make in our lives, towards sustainability, improved environments and community health. Collectively, trees add beauty to our urban landscapes by softening the harsh lines of buildings, complimenting architecture, screening unsightly views and providing privacy and a sense of security and place. This year’s Arbor Month theme of “Forests are our Future”, reflects the fact that all kinds of tree plantings, whether commercial forests, urban forests, trees in schools or along streets, are extremely valuable.

Indeed, according to Professor TM Das of the University of Calcutta, a tree living for 50 years is worth $193 250 in oxygen, air pollution control, control soil erosion and increased soil fertility, as well as the value of water recycled, as a home to animals. And this does not even include the value of fruits, lumber or beauty derived from trees. The Journal of Arboriculture on the other hand indicates that a tree brings $50 per year, and $2,500 over 50 years, including electricity and natural gas savings, atmospheric CO2 reductions, air quality improvement, stormwater runoff reductions and property value increases. Even taking a range somewhere in between these two estimates, the monetary value of a tree is far higher than most realise.

The thirty seven Nampak donated trees, ten fruit trees and twenty seven indigenous, will be planted on the school grounds and around the sports field and the school is very grateful. “Thank you so much for these trees in celebration of Arbor Month”, said educator Skhakhane of Mjoji School in the rural area north of Durban. “We are thrilled to plant these on 2 September and use them to help to make our area greener and more pleasant. As time goes by they will benefit the community as a whole.”

All over the country schools, communities, companies, politicians and individuals are joining the Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge to put down roots. Nampak has joined the communiTREE and mapped their trees at Mjoji on the regisTREE, and challenges others to get onto www.trees.co.za to do the same.
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