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