For many years it is common to see a part of Christmas ornaments is composed of MOSS, hay, and other plants, but did you know that this practice is contributing to the increase in pollution of the environment and erosion? What are the MOSS? They are wide global distribution plants that live in damp places or close to water. They are among the first agencies that they colonize the rocks, because to grow on them changed its surface, forming a substrate on which other larger plants can take root. It is common to find a way to carpets in humid forests, although they also grow on the branches and trunks of all kinds of trees and are part of an extensive division of plants covering more than 20,000 species worldwide, called biofitas (mosses, ferns, lichens, etc.) Benefits of MOSS for the ecosystem mosses and other bryophytes play an essential role in ecosystems, since: is able to retain up to 20 times its weight in water, absorbing the excess water during rain and releasing it slowly in dry time. They intercept, absorb and retain the minerals dissolved in the rain waters, allowing the incorporation of these in the ecosystem and decreasing your wash into rivers and seas. Mosses provide home and protection of a myriad of small animals, especially invertebrates like insects, Arachnids, rotifers, nematodes, molluscs and annelids. They serve as nest construction material for various birds and small mammals, such as the Hummingbird and Hummingbird (Sephanoidesgaleritus).
Many Bryophyte species have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen through colonies of bacteria, contributing greatly with the addition of this element in the ecosystem. Mosses and plants liver help natural reforestation. Filed under: Kidney Foundation. Has been that in tropical rainforests and ecosystems dominated by Sphagnum moss, Bryophyte communities act as large sponges that regulate the course of the rivers, protecting soil from floods violent and delivering constant water during the summer months to the rivers and streams that drain them. All this is destroyed when we use mosses such as Christmas decorations! Remember that extraction of mosses has a strong impact on the ecosystem, thus decreases moisture from forests, increases soil erosion and environmental pollution. Protects mosses, hay (beard of palo) and tree ferns (tree fern trunks). Do not remove them. Not those bandages.
Do not buy them. Alternatives to use other Christmas ornaments Christmas decorations can be as varied as it is our creativity and ingenuity. It leverages new colors, textures and combinations to create environmentally friendly decorations. Credit: Patrick Dollard Center for Discovery-2011. Among the many materials you can use is natural sawdust, sand, pebbles, painted sawdust, paper, cardboard, fabric, jute and all those materials that indicate your imagination. You can also take advantage to live with your children, making birth and decorations made from recycled materials.