Feeling A Little Green

It’s Christmas time! It’s time to buy reindeer and decorate! Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls! Charlie Brown was on last night, awww. In my steps to make the world a nicer place (by not talking about my book) I thought I’d let you know the answer to your burning question:

Is it “greener” to buy a real tree or a fake reusable one?

tree farm photo on wikipedia in public domain from United States Department of Agriculture

If you want a tree for the holiday, the experts at Grist and TreeHugger say it’s actually better to buy a cut real Christmas tree than an artificial tree.

Why? In a word, plastics. Fake trees are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Producing this type of plastic creates a lot of pollution, and PVC is difficult to recycle.

Plus, lead has been found in PVC. According to a report (PDF) in the Journal of Environmental Health, lead levels are higher in older artificial trees. You’ve probably heard about lead in children’s toys, so just imagine the kiddos hanging around lead-tainted branches of your fake Christmas tree. Not a merry scene.

Farmed Christmas trees are ultimately a renewable resource. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide, and after the holidays, the trees can be recycled into mulch. Check Earth 911 to see where to take your dead tree after the 25th.

What about a live tree? This is often promoted as the ultimate eco-friendly holiday option. Well, it’s not that simple. First, you have to live in the right climate to plant a tree after Christmas. If the ground is frozen outside, you can’t do it.

Also, you must carefully consider how much space you have in your yard to plant trees. Remember, these trees may grow up to 60-feet tall.

So, the most practical solution for earth-friendly folks who celebrate Christmas is to look for a locally grown tree. Ask if the farm uses integrated pest management instead of tons of chemicals. If you can, find a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. It’s good family fun too.
~via green.yahoo.com

NANO TOTAL: 35023. Can I Do It???
NaBlo Day 28: Check.

P.S.~I updated this post for you, if you hadn’t heard the news.


4 thoughts on “Feeling A Little Green

  1. Well, that solves it then. Actually, I’ve tried to get out of having a tree altogether for the last 5 years. I know, Humbug! We did swags of greenery all over the fireplace (real, not plastic). But now my kids know that Santa NEEDS a tree!

    BTW, I’ve tagged you for a meme.

  2. That article doesn’t talk about how much of a pain it is to clean the needles from the real tree. The effort it takes to clean those needles constantly forces the average adult human to exhale enough carbon dioxide to negate any gain from having a real tree. I have some charts that I drew up that prove it.

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