Celebrating World Environment Day- Plant a tree
As a part of the World Environment Day celebration, GreenFootprint creates positive impacts and resort nature. We are inviting people to experience tree planting from their homes by gifting them with Ghaf Tree seeds. Only a bit of soil, water and love is needed for this process.
The Ghaf is a drought-tolerant tree, which can remain green even in harsh desert environments. It is essential for the survival of animal and plant species alike. The Ghaf is the national tree of the UAE as it is a historic and cultural symbol of stability and peace in the UAE’s desert environment.
How do you plant a Ghaf tree?
Step 1: Fill the pot/s with potting soil, leaving 3-4cm from the top.
Step 2: Moisten the soil to allow the top to be level.
Step 3: Use your finger to make 2 holes into the soil, about 1cm deep.
Step 4: Place one seed into each hole (2 seeds/pot) and close the hole.
Did you know?
According to UAE Federal Law No. 24 of 1999, it is prohibited to cut wild plants, uproot them or collect them illegally. We take strict measures on any felling of local trees with special regard for the Ghaf trees, which has massive adverse effects on our native biodiversity.
The Ghaf tree was declared the national tree of the UAE in 2008 because of its cultural and traditional significance.
Ghaf trees can live for up to 120 years on average.
A well-known example of the Ghaf is the 400-year-old ‘Tree of Life’ in Bahrain, which is still growing in the desert without any obvious sources of water.
Traditionally Ghaf leaves and pods provided food and its nutritious branches were used for livestock. The tree was also traditionally used for its medicinal properties.
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Our goal is also to support 5Rs and stimulate people by providing solutions to reuse in order to reduce waste. We do believe that we can reduce unnecessary packaging that creates waste. We packed Ghaf seeds into reusable tea bags.
Did you know?
Most paper, nylon, and plastic tea bags are not 100% biodegradable and cannot be composted or recycled. When thrown away, the microplastics and toxic chemicals from these tea bags seep into the soil, which contaminate our food, and they also pollute our water systems and oceans