Real Christmas Tree Facts

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Real Christmas Tree Facts – Why Buy a Real Christmas Tree

With our Planet facing unprecedented weather changes and global warming from greenhouse gases the products that we purchase and their carbon footprint has become more important than ever before. The farming of trees and specifically Real Christmas trees supports an earth friendly choice to celebrate your Christmas season. While they’re growing, REAL Christmas Treessupport life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. Most REAL Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other crop. To ensure a constant supply Christmas Tree Farmers plant one to three new seedlings for every Christmas Tree they harvest promoting green house gas reduction and helping to counter act global warming.

See what other environmental experts have to say about growing Real Christmas trees and celebrate your Holidays with a Real Christmas tree that helps the environment.

  • A REAL Christmas Tree is five times more environmentally compatible than a plastic tree, according to this study by Swedish researchers.
  • The American Forests organization also supports the growth and use of Real Christmas Trees for many reasons.
  • For environmental reasons, Yoga Journalrecommends a live or cut Christmas Tree over the use of an artificial tree .

Real Christmas trees vs. Fake Christmas Trees -Why Buy a Real Christmas Tree

Real Trees

Place of Origin
  • United States & Canada
Method of Production
  • Farming
  • Planting takes place jan-may
  • Estimated 446 million trees growing on farms in u.s. and canada.
  • Estimated 40-45 million trees planted in 2008 in north america
  • Tree farms support complex eco-systems
Components
  • Plant tissue
  • 100% biodegradable
PVC free
  • Yes
Lead Free
  • Yes
Carbon neutral
  • Yes
  • Trees absorb carbon dioxide
  • When decomposing, carbon, nitrogen and other elements are released into soil
Chemicals
  • No
  • Scientists have measured cut christmas trees for chemical residue and not found any significant amounts
  • Many different bugs, fungi and parasites can attack and kill trees, so farmers may use pesticides to keep consumers’ trees healthy and alive until harvest
  • Most pesticides are ground applied
  • Herbicides are used to suppress, not kill off, weeds to prevent soil erosion
  • If someone tells you “there are chemicals on cut christmas trees” they are wrong
Disposal
  • Recycled
  • Used trees can be recycled in a variety of ways
  • Decomposing trees add nutrients back into the earth
Renewable Resource
  • Yes
  • New trees are planted every year
Eco-friendly
  • Yes
  • Source : national christmas tree association

Artificial Trees

Place of Origin
  • 85% from China
Method of Production
  • Factory
  • Raw materials sent to factory & assembled into final product
  • Product is shipped to u.s. and canada then distributed to stores
  • Number of factories unknown
  • Factories only consume natural resources
Components
  • Plastics and metals
  • Non-biodegradable
PVC free
  • No
Lead Free
  • No (lead is used in the process of making pvc plastic)
Carbon neutral
  • No
  • Plastic is a petroleum by product
Chemicals
  • Yes
  • PVC itself is a dangerous chemical
  • Manufacture of PVC creates and disperses dioxins, the most toxic man-made chemical known
  • Released into air or water, dioxins enter the food chain, where they accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and humans, a potential risk for causing cancer, damaging immune functions and impairing children’s development
Disposal
  • Landfill
  • Fake trees can’t be recycled and end up in landfills
  • All of the accumulated fake trees are a burden to the environment indefinitely
Renewable Resource
  • No
  • Petroleum, used to make plastic, is a non-renewable resource, as are metals
Eco-friendly
  • No

Note: The information above was provided by the National Christmas Tree Association. We would like to thank the NCTA for all of their research and support.

In addition to making the right environmentally conscience choice buy purchasing a Real Christmas tree you are supporting family farms. There are about 21,000 Christmas Tree growers in the U.S., and over 100,000 people employed full or part-time in the industry

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