DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trees are essential to our existence and do so much to enhance our world. They clean our water, air, and improve our health but are often taken for granted. Mary Kay, a global sustainability advocate today announced their continued support of the Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation work in the south Liaoning Province of China by planting 8,000 trees in 2022.
Through the collaborative efforts of Mary Kay and the Arbor Day Foundation, pressing issues facing our planet are being addressed with lasting and measurable results. China is one of the countries in the world most affected by desertification. Since 2020, Mary Kay’s tree planting projects in the regions of Gansu Province and the western portion of Liaoning Province have focused on the removal of carbon dioxide, improved water quality and quantity, and the absorption of air pollutants.
In Minquin County, the desertification accounts for nearly 95% of the total land area. Similarly, the western portion of Liaoning Province has suffered from harsh climate, low precipitation, and barren soil. The alarming loss of biodiversity in both regions cannot be ignored—however, by slowing the extinction rate and planting native species, the situation can be significantly improved.
“Planting trees is a proven solution for tackling many of the planet’s environmental issues,” said Wendy Wang, President of Mary Kay Asia Pacific. “By focusing our efforts on improving the natural habitat and biodiversity of these deforested areas, we are improving the environment along with the economy. We are investing in the future and spreading awareness that trees are essential for our communities to prosper.”
Global and Local Impact Highlights:
- Over 1.2 million trees have been planted globally by Mary Kay in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation
- In China, 22,500 trees have been planted in two regions: Gansu Province & Inner Mongolia Forests and Western Liaoning Province
Cumulative benefits for both regions:
- Carbon: 22,602 metric tons of CO2 sequestered - equal to 4,913 fewer cars on the road*
- Water: 421,830 gallons avoided water runoff - equal to 4,794 people with cleaner water*
- Air: 86 tons of air pollutants removed - equal to enough oxygen for 5,625 people*
- 15,000 trees have been planted in Gansu Province & Inner Mongolia Forests
- 7,500 trees have been planted in Western Liaoning Province
*projected over the next 40 years
About Mary Kay Inc.
One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her beauty company 57 years ago with three goals: develop rewarding opportunities for women, offer irresistible products, and make the world a better place. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. Mary Kay is dedicated to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge skin care, color cosmetics, nutritional supplements and fragrances. Mary Kay is committed to empowering women and their families by partnering with organizations from around the world, focusing on supporting cancer research, protecting survivors from domestic abuse, beautifying our communities, and encouraging children to follow their dreams. Mary Kay Ash’s original vision continues to shine—one lipstick at a time. Learn more at MaryKay.com.
About Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 350 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.