We are getting our Christmas tree this week and I can’t wait for how wonderful it makes the house smell. I know there is a lot of conversations about the eco-friendliness of a real tree vs an artificial tree. I remember some stats from my post last year about this issue…
* Around 98% of Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada.
These trees are planted to be harvested, just as corn is cultivated for harvest.
* The Christmas Tree industry in the United States employs more than 100,000 Americans
(part- and full-time). Meanwhile, 85% of fake trees are made by factory workers in China.
* Every acre of Christmas Trees grown produces the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people.
With approximately 500,000 million acres of trees, 9 million people a day are supplied with
oxygen thanks to these trees.
* Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse
gases; they also stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide a refuge for wildlife.
* For each Real Christmas Tree harvested, up to three new seedlings are planted in its place.
There are many other things we can do to maintain our green ways during the holidays and not sacrifice a real Christmas tree. Reuse wrapping paper from past holidays, make your own handmade gifts and use embellishments from nature to personalize your packages. I also plan to use a few extra pieces of artwork by daughter to wrap gifts. Every little bit counts…what are you doing to stay “green” during the holidays?
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