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How Urban Tree Planting with Recycled Materials Benefits Communities

In the quest for sustainable urban development, innovative solutions are emerging to tackle environmental challenges while enhancing community well-being. One such solution is urban tree planting initiatives that utilise recycled materials, offering a multitude of social and ecological benefits.  GreenBlue Urban are proud to champion these efforts, recognising their transformative impact on communities worldwide.

London’s trees are estimated to provide more than £133 million worth of benefits annually. Trees and woodlands provide clear advantages for local economies, environments, and people. *Greater London Authority

Treeconomis Benefits of Trees

Enhancing Community Well-being

Urban tree planting initiatives play a vital role in fostering community well-being by creating vibrant, green spaces for residents to enjoy. Trees provide shade, beauty, and a sense of tranquillity in urban environments, promoting mental health and quality of life. Educating the community on their circular economy approach, GreenBlue Urban continually welcome individuals, and groups to observe their onsite manufacturing and environmental processes.

Using proven best practice methods of soil cell tree pits, such as RootSpace incorporating 100% recycled materials into communities, further enhances these benefits while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. The recent product LCA compared RootSpace to systems using virgin plastic alternatives and highlighted a significant reduction in Carbon.

Improving Air Quality

Trees act as natural air purifiers, filtering pollutants and improving air quality in urban areas. Through photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful gases while releasing oxygen, helping to mitigate the negative effects of air pollution. By strategically planting trees in urban spaces using recycled materials communities can create green corridors that not only beautify the landscape but also contribute to cleaner, healthier air for residents to breathe.

Across the UK, 24 million people are exposed to polluted air and over 40,000 early deaths per year are attributed to air pollution, according to a report by Asthma + Lung UK and Impact on Urban Health.

Hillingdon Joel Street

Mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect

The urban heat island effect refers to the phenomenon where urban areas experience higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas due to human activities and infrastructure. Trees play a crucial role in mitigating this effect by providing shade, reducing surface temperatures, and evaporating water through transpiration. Using locally sourced recycled materials rather than imported virgin plastics or excavated stone offers a sustainable solution for planting trees in urban environments, enabling communities to combat rising temperatures and create cooler, more comfortable spaces for residents.

According to the UK Health Security Agency , 2,803 excess deaths occurred during the summer of 2022. Respiratory problems  are thought to be the main cause of premature deaths during heatwaves, with heat and air pollution proving an especially toxic mix

“Boosting tree numbers is such a clear win for our communities and our planet, not just because of their ability to cool urban areas, but because they capture planet-warming carbon too. This should be prioritised! Mike Childs – Head of policy and research – Friends of the Earth.

St Pauls Cathedral

GreenBlue Urban’s Commitment to Sustainable Urban Development

At GreenBlue Urban, we are committed to supporting sustainable urban development through innovative solutions that prioritise environmental stewardship and community well-being.

Our range of ArborSystem® products using 100% recycled materials not only provides a durable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional “virgin” materials but also contributes to the creation of green, resilient urban landscapes.

BET365, Stoke on Trent

By utilising UK-sourced recycled plastic materials that are manufactured locally for urban tree-planting initiatives, communities can reap the economic, social and environmental benefits of greener cities while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

Together, let’s cultivate thriving communities rooted in sustainability and environmental responsibility.