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Deforestation accounts for the loss of 27 soccer fields every minute
- Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests across the world to make the land available for other uses.
- Forests still cover roughly 30% of the world’s land area, but between 1990 and 2016, over 1.3 million square kms of forest were lost (National Geographic).
- Based on projected tree densities, it is estimated that over 15 billion trees are cut down each year, and the global number of trees have fallen by approximately 46% since the start of human civilization (Mapping tree density).
- As the world seeks to slow down the alarming pace of climate change, the level of mass destruction of trees continues to sacrifice the long-term benefits of retaining our forests for short term economical gains.
- Despite needing trees for the primary reason of absorbing the carbon dioxide humans exhale, logging and felling operations continue.
- Current hardwood supplies are rapidly reducing; there is a need to replace hardwood materials with recycled composite alternatives.