April 17, 2016 1 min read

You don't have to learn any complicated mathematical formulas or use a carbon footprint calculator to determine your carbon footprint. 

Here are some stats:

1. The average North American's impact is 20 metric tons of carbon per year. 

2. Your carbon footprint comes from 4 main components: housing, transportation, food, and consumption of products & services.

3. Your floor, no matter how hard you try to reduce your impact, is 8.5 metric tons. The average is 20 tons, and if you're a jet setter, corporate executive, or family of 8, you can easily reach 30 metric tons.

4. Let's consider the average (20 tons). 1 tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon per year. (No clue how many pounds are in 1 ton? It's 2204 pounds.)

5. If you divide 2204 by 48, you get 45.91666667. Round it up and you've got 46 trees absorbing 1 ton of carbon dioxide each year. 46 trees x 20 tons = 920 trees needed to absorb the average North American's carbon footprint in a year. 

That's a lot of trees!

Want to reduce your impact? Choose a region and plant some trees today!


We plant trees on 4 continents around the world. Want to choose where yours are planted?

by Matt Hill

Chief Environmental Evangelist




Also in Stories

woman relaxing in a hammock among trees
Inspirational Quotes About Trees

July 09, 2020 3 min read

damaged tree that has been burned standing alone in a forest fire damaged forest
Deforestation Explained {Video}

July 07, 2020 3 min read

man in yellow shirt holds a tree sapling while standing in the rainforest
Restoring the Peruvian Amazon Through Agroforestry in a Buffer Zone

July 02, 2020 5 min read