6 functions of trees - Why you should give trees as gifts

6 functions of trees - Why you should give trees as gifts

Trees are particularly close to our hearts at NIKIN - and for good reason! Forests are not only oases of peace and a place to relax, they also have an essential function in the global ecosystem. In this blog, you can find out what roles trees play and why they must be protected for a future worth living. Because we can't do without trees.

There are many reasons why trees are particularly important for the global ecosystem. But trees have also been proven to be beneficial for the human psyche. We have summarized some of the benefits in the following six points:

1) Air

Trees create the conditions for the existence of complex organisms such as humans and animals by carrying out photosynthesis. In this process, all plants convert CO2 into oxygen: They absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, use it to produce sugar and starch for their own growth and release oxygen as a waste product, so to speak. The CO2 that cannot be used by humans and animals is thus converted into the essential O2.

2) Cooling

The dense plant cover shields the soil and provides valuable shade. Evaporation, i.e. the release of moisture, also contributes to the general cooling of the planet. For these reasons, greenery is particularly important in cities, where sealed soils and concrete buildings predominate, in order to create a pleasant summer climate. From a global ecosystem perspective, the world's large forests in particular, with their vast expanses, are indispensable - because they help to cool the entire planet and thus maintain the habitat of countless animals.

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3) Water

Trees bind moisture and thus supply streams, rivers and lakes with fresh water. This function is particularly evident in the tropical rainforests in equatorial regions. These areas are often very humid and the trees provide animals and humans with important, drinkable fresh water.

Dewdrops on grasses
Picture: The water-giving function is particularly evident in the morning when the dewdrops can be seen on grass and leaves.

4) Protection

Trees and forests serve as natural protection in various regions. In coastal regions, for example, mangroves provide numerous animal species with a protected shelter for their young. At the same time, they protect human settlements from floods and flash floods. Inland, forests have also always served as a refuge for humans and animals. They offer a protected place for vital recreation and regeneration and enable food chains to be maintained.

5) Habitat and food source

Trees and forests provide a safe space for their own saplings to grow, inviting other plants to colonize around them. The combination of young and old plants serves as a food source for various animals - from tiny insects to elephants. In this way, trees create a protected habitat and enable flora and fauna to live together symbiotically.

A butterfly on a flowering branch
Picture: Can you find the butterfly?

6) Aesthetics

Trees are beautiful. The aesthetic value of trees is also important, especially for people. We enjoy the sight of them and almost immediately notice the calming influence they exert when walking in the forest. In Japan, there is even a name for consciously slowing down in the forest: "forest bathing"

For the reasons mentioned above, it is essential to preserve forests and plant trees if we want to preserve our planet for future generations. The blue planet must continue to shine in bright green in the future. NIKIN has therefore made it its mission to plant trees.

How NIKIN gets involved

NIKIN has built up a tree-planting community. Together with this community, we organize various events throughout the year such as forest workshops, CleanupDays and TreePlantingDays, where you can learn more about the miracle that isTreeand get involved in preserving nature yourself - whether by removing waste from the environment or planting young trees. But you can also do your bit at home to make the world a greener place: NIKIN plants a Tree for every product sold in collaboration with One Tree Planted.

A forest by a lake in SwedenPicture: Future generations should also be able to enjoy views like this.

Giving the gift of nature

Our consumer behavior increases every year towards Christmas - and thus damages various natural resources. As we are all happy to receive Christmas presents anyway, we recommend choosing sustainable brands. When you give the gift of NIKIN products, you are not only giving a present to your loved ones, but also to nature. This minimizes your impact and allows you to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year without a twinge of conscience.

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PS: Discover in this blog how you can also wrap your sustainable Christmas gifts in a resource-saving way!

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