Recent studies have shown that climate change is occurring at an incredibly rapid rate, and the effects of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are having an increasingly negative effect on our planet. The warming of the earth’s oceans is creating more devastating storms and contributing to coastal flooding and immense damage. In an effort to offset their global footprint and assist in the reforestation of the world, Ice-O-Matic created the Green ReLeaf program in association with the American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program. If your business has a “green” initiative, check out Ice-O-Matic and what they’re doing to help the environment.
American Forests was founded in 1875 when a few progressive minded folks in Chicago noted how rapidly cities were growing, and realized that America’s resources were not being replaced as quickly as they were being depleted. America’s forests and trees were being removed to make way for factories and further westward progression was beginning to have adverse effects on the environment. As of today, American Forests has planted over 40 million trees around the world to combat the continuing introduction of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.
Exactly what that number means might come as a bit of a surprise. American Forests notes that one fully mature tree can produce enough oxygen for a family of four. To put this into perspective, when all of the trees American Forests has planted are fully mature, they will be able to produce enough oxygen for over half of the population (roughly 160 million) of the United States. Every 100 trees planted can absorb the carbon dioxide produced by an average car traveling 26,000 miles.
Most people don’t consider where their oxygen is coming from when they’re breathing, and probably don’t consider all the other benefits that trees offer to the world. In the United States, more than half of the country’s drinking water comes from forests. Trees help clean the air by removing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and also help cool the planet. Their roots help reduce erosion and can keep water clean by limiting the amount of sediment that enters our rivers, reservoirs, and waterways. Shade trees can help reduce energy consumption in the home or business as well, lowering heating costs and energy consumption.
Ice-O-Matic’s partnership with American Forests through the Green ReLeaf program began in 2009. They set a course to plant enough trees to absorb the carbon dioxide emissions of 15 factories comparable to theirs in size. In order to accomplish this goal they have and will continue to plant one tree for every ice machine sold by their company. Ice-O-Matic aims to educate their customers, employees, and the rest of the industrial world of the simple steps that can be taken to make a difference in the world.
Along with their participation in the Green ReLeaf program, many of Ice-O-Matic’s ice machines are ENERGY STAR qualified. They adhere to the strict specifications on energy efficiency set forth by the EPA. Their actions as well as their products reflect a company that truly cares about the future generations that will inhabit the planet. Their commitment to quality products that are also energy efficient continues to speak volumes about Ice-O-Matic’s company as a whole.
At Ice Machines Plus, we are proud to offer a full line of Ice-O-Matic ice machines and other Ice-O-Matic products. The steps taken by the Ice-O-Matic through the Green ReLeaf Program are truly a benefit to the entire world, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goals and improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the planet.