Celebrating Earth Day & Arbor Day

Last week was both Earth Day & Arbor Day and Paper Culture celebrated these holidays in style! As many of you know, both these holidays have a very special meaning to Paper Culture. It has been our mission since our launch to not only build a sustainable business but one that also leaves our Earth in a better place as a result. We do this through using 100% post-consumer recycled paper for our cards and eco-friendly materials for our other products such as bamboo wall art and wall decals. In addition, we plant a tree with with every order with over 300,000 trees planted to date because of our wonderful customers. Trees are so important to our ecosystem for many reasons from the oxygen we breath to protecting endangered species through a natural habitat. Make sure you read our infographic for facts that will WOW you on the benefits of a tree.

We celebrated Earth Day at the City Hall of Millbrae where Paper Culture received a Commendation from the city for being a CoolCalifornia.og Climate Leader Winner. Can you guess what the Paper Culture team did on Arbor Day? We partnered with Spring Valley Elementary School in Millbrae to plant some trees and do a talk with the 4th grade students. These students were so inspiring and engaged from the questions they asked to seeing their impressive school garden.

Of course, we couldn’t plant trees without the appropriate attire. We always say, ordering with Paper Culture is as easy as One, Two, Tree since every order plants a tree.

Arbor Day T-shirts

The entire week had been sunny in the Bay Area and on the day of Arbor Day it was pouring rain. We decided we were not going to let this stop us. By the time we arrived at the school, the storm had passed and the rain made it easier to dig. We dug the holes, prepped the trees and then were ready for the students to help us fill in the holes. They were so excited to be a part of the process.

Planting trees on Arbor Day

We were lucky enough to have time with all the 4th grade students. First our CEO chatted with the kids about being a sustainable company and  the importance of being eco-friendly, trees and reforestation. After the talk, our Co-founder and Head of Design taught the students how to make origami trees out of recycled paper. It was a hit and the kids loved the forests they made.

How to make origami trees

The day was so special for all of the Paper Culture team members. We owe a very special thanks to Joel Wheeler who is one of the 4th Grade Teachers who helped put this together.

Also, a quick review of the history of these two holidays.

Earth Day – The first Earth Day was on Apri. 22, 1970 in America to draw attention and promote the environmental movement. Since then it has activated more than 1 billion people to get involved in Earth Day activities. The Earth Day Network was created as a result to continue the promotion of the movement around the world.

Arbor Day – It was started by a pioneer  in Nebraska named J. Sterling Morton. He and his fellow pioneers missed their trees along with needing them to keep soil in place and provide shade. On January 4, 1872 Morton first proposed a tree planting holiday called ‘Arbor Day’ to be celebrated on April 10, 1872. It was estimated more than 1 million trees had been planted. It eventually was named a legal holiday in Nebraska 1885 and other states adopted the holiday. Today the most common date for the state observance is the last Friday in April but some states observe it with the best tree planting weather. See full history at the Arbor Day Foundation.

How did you celebrate?