In commemoration of Earth Day, Boxed Water will launch its third annual ReTree project in collaboration with the National Forrest Foundation. Two trees will be planted in national forests across the country from now until the end of July for every social media post with the hashtag #ReTree.

#ReTree showcases the sustainable water company’s goal of committing to plant one million trees over the course of five years. As a result, over 500,000 native trees were planted within the last two years, boosting and restoring the ecosystem.

“Our ReTree project is one way we can create an avenue for people to make a real difference through simple actions like the act of choosing Boxed Water. We’re constantly finding new ways to make a positive impact for our planet, and ReTree is a key initiative in this effort,” said Daryn Kuipers, CEO of Boxed Water in a press release.

Trees are an important component in the environment. They filter our air while providing natural oxygen, they are contributors to energy conservation by providing shade during sweltering heat conditions, limiting the use of air conditioning, and they provide food amongst other important commodities.

Unfortunately, surrounding pollutants like plastic can inhibit not only the safety of our trees but also wildlife, plants, and can pose a major threat to humans.

According to an online publication that advocates against one-time plastic water bottles, “Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.”

This increases the chance for plastic pollution and ultimately, an ecosystem that may be too damaged to fix if this type of carelessness continues.

What can you do to support the environment? Here are a few ideas:

  • Choose more sustainable alternatives that are environmentally friendly, like reusable water bottles.
  • Make an effort to recycle
  • Be on the look-out for opportunities to be part of a social movement toward building and maintaining a healthier environment like #ReTree.