Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Christmas Tree Debate: Real or Artifical?

I've debated with friends about which is more eco-friendly - an artificial Christmas tree or a real one. Where do you stand on this issue?

I imagine a potted tree would be ideal. Second to that, I tend to think a real tree would be greener than an artificial one, and here's why:
  • According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) the vast majority of Christmas trees are grown on farms. For every tree that is harvested, 1 to 3 are planted in its place.
  • Real Christmas trees are biodegradable. After the holiday, you can compost your tree or click HERE for information about recycling. Christmas trees can be turned into mulch. They can also be used whole for a variety of purposes, including erosion prevention.
  • On the other hand, artificial trees are not biodegradable. Even though they may be used for many years, they will eventually end up in a landfill. They are made from toxic materials that could contaminate your living space as well as the earth after it is thrown away.
By the way, the National Christmas Tree Association has an interesting article called the 10 Biggest Myths About Christmas Trees.
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A Greener Christmas Tree

Consider making your Christmas a little greener this year by getting a potted Christmas tree. When Christmas is over, you can plant it in your yard and enjoy it for years to come.

I discovered a farm near my house that sells potted Christmas trees for around $45. Even if you don't go with a potted variety, Ergle Christmas Tree Farm in Dade City sounds like a fun, frugal, and eco-friendly place to get a Christmas tree.

You can even cut your own Christmas tree! Sounds like a scene from Christmas Vacation. Prices start at $25 for a 5-foot tree. Click HERE for a $2-off coupon. I plan to go with my family this weekend to get our tree and enjoy the petting farm.
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