Choose sustainability over convenience this holiday season and switch over to real Christmas trees. Besides they look, feel and smell more like Christmas anyway.
According to a 2008 report noted by Organic Life, around 50 million U.S household have an artificial Christmas tree. And we understand the allure of this artificial life – they are easier to set up, less messy, and guarantee a perfect tree shape. But their convenience does not outweigh the fact that they are not true Christmas trees, and more importantly, that they are also a hazard to our environment.
There are many obvious reasons why a real Christmas tree is better than a fake one – picking one out with the family becomes a fun, memorable tradition, the tree’s pine needles give off the perfect Christmas scent, and the tree’s themselves have a lush, fresh look. But, let’s look at how buying real Christmas trees can help our environment. Here are three important reasons why buying a real Christmas tree enables you to go green.
Real Christmas Trees Support Life
Real Christmas trees, whether they are fir, pine or spruce trees, take approximately 15 years to grow. During these 15 years, these trees support life by improving air quality. The trees take in carbon dioxide and other gases and emit fresh oxygen. Christmas tree farms are often located on big properties. The Christmas tree farmers stabilize the soil and protect the water supplies for their farmland, and in doing so they create scenic green belts that not only look pretty but also provide refuge for wildlife.
Real Christmas Trees are Renewable
Christmas is a world-known and celebrated annual event. So, in order to prepare and ensure farmers have a constant supply of Christmas trees in time for December each year, they plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. Therefore, millions of Christmas trees are planted each year because every time a section of trees has been harvested, another is planted. Whereas, artificial trees, once thrown away, sit in a landfill for centuries after disposal.
Real Christmas Trees are Recyclable
Artificial trees are often made from materials, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and metals, which are not recyclable, and therefore, go straight to landfills. Real Christmas trees, however, are biodegradable, meaning they can easily be reused or recycled. Real trees can be reused as home decor, mulch for landscaping, or erosion barriers.
There are also various pick-up or drop-off recycling options for households looking to properly dispose of their real Christmas tree. Many tree providers will collect trees from your curbside during the two weeks that follow Christmas. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, mulching programs are also becoming common. Your local department of public works can provide information on local mulching programs. These programs will shred your trees and transform them into mulch for your garden.
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