Here’s an easy simple way to give back to the environment when you fly. Plant a tree.

Now, of course, not everyone has the space to plant a tree for every flight they make (I certainly don;t) – so a company is offering to plant one for you in an area of Welsh woodland.

Yes, flying isn’t so good a way to travel, but if you must do it, why not budget an extra tenner to have a tree planted in your name (and flight number!) in a managed woodland, where it can start offsetting the CO2 your flight produced.

(via BBC News)


9 thoughts on “Treeflight

  1. Neat Idea, shame the cost of the tree is 1000 times more than the cost of a 1p flight to Ireland, I wonder how your tree is identified in said forest.

  2. According to the website, “Trees bearing the name of their sponsor, and flight number they represent” so I’d assume some kind of small plaque is placed next to the tree

  3. Thanks a lot for all the positive comments. We’ve only been on the net for a couple of weeks and we’ve been amazed by the way people have taken the idea on board.
    We are still solving a lot of the problems as they arise. Currently we tag the trees with the passengers name and flight details in indelible ink and laminate with waterproof tape. Obviously this will not last for the life of the tree (an oak in Estonia is 1500 years old). We are looking to stamp the details on metal tags in the future.
    Thanks again

  4. I really object to the way companies promise that you will be ‘carbon neutral’ when you give them your dough.. It seems that treeflights are a bit more honest!

  5. Indeed – all they promise it that they’ll plant a tree in your name – no mention of being “neutral” – which will surely depend on how far you flew, what type of plane, how heavily loaded it is etc… and will be impossible to manage.

  6. The whole concept of carbon-neutrality is fraught with difficulty. There are a lot of companies out there promising to make this or that carbon neutral. Carbon neutral flights are basically a misnoma because it takes time to offset the CO2 you’ve produced. There is a beech tree outside my house that weighs about 6 tonnes. Since a quarter of the live weight of a tree is carbon, this means that it has fixed roughly 1.5 tonnes of CO2 – about the same amount released by one person flying from London to New York, return.
    This tree is 160 years old – so your flight could be carbon neutral but only in the year 2166!

  7. Ru, thanks for the explanation – and I for one think you’re going about this the right way – by being honest about the timescales involved for the tree to process CO2. When I next fly, I’ll be ordering a tree too!

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