Most mulch is made from Cypress trees that are currently being cut down at a faster rate then they are growing. Most Cypress trees come from wetlands in Louisiana and Florida and when they are cut down the wetlands are destroyed, affecting local ecosystems and city storm management.
Why this Matters
For My Organization
Cypress mulch is not a sustainable and renewable product for a company. It does not provide good water drainage, may prevent some plants from growing, lacks in durability and its color fades easily. It is very easy for businesses to use alternative plants for mulch like, melaleuca, eucalyptus, pine bark or pine needles. These materials are abundant and in some cases often inhibit the growth of unwanted native plants.
For New Orleans
Using non-cypress mulch is a way to decrease Cypress production and maintain the surrounding wetlands in order to provide storm protection for the city.