Did you know that one and a half acres of forest are cut down every second? Yes, deforestation has become much more common in recent decades. Many people are unaware of the effects that losing forests has on us and our everyday lives.

Although it’s difficult to notice, plants and humans interact with each other constantly, all the time, 24/7. This is by means of our respiration cycles, or the way we breathe. Yes, plants breathe too. You see, we absorb oxygen when we breathe in and get rid of carbon dioxide waste when we breathe out. Plants breathe oppositely, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. So we’re actually helping to feed each other! That in itself should show why forests are so important to us. In fact, 20% of all the planet’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest alone! If trees keep getting cut down, that’ll mean lower air quality for us.

What can you do to help? Recycle your paper products, plant some vegetation in your lawn or yard, and spread the word! If everyone is aware about the issue then maybe the plants, as well as us, will be able to breathe a little easier…

-Superior Floors, where “We Speak Floors”!

By Jarek Rodriguez

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