Many consumers will be asking themselves that
question this holiday season.
In this age of environmental
awareness it's appropriate to know a favorite family holiday tradition of
choosing a real Christmas tree over an artificial tree is still the
environmentally sound choice.
"What could be simpler or
more natural?" says Bob Scott, Former President of the National Christmas
Tree Association. "Buying a real Christmas tree is definitely an
environmentally sound choice."
"Consumers are showing
their preference for real, natural products that are socially conscious.
Many young families are attracted to the tradition of celebrating
Christmas with a real tree in their home," explained Scott.
Christmas tree farms stabilize
soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while
creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas trees are grown on soils
that could not support other crops.
A benefit to the atmosphere,
real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases, emitting fresh
oxygen. This helps prevent the earth-warming "greenhouse
effect". One acre of Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen
requirement for 18 people. With approximately one million acres producing
Christmas trees in the United States, that translates into oxygen for 18
million people every day. For every real Christmas tree harvested, three
seedlings are planted in its place.
Real Christmas trees are an
all-American, recyclable resource. Artificial trees, most of which are
manufactured in Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong, consist of plastics and metals
that aren't biodegradable. When disposed of, the artificial trees will
never deteriorate. Their effects on our environment are evident and will
remain for countless generations.
Real trees are usually disposed of not in landfills but by being chipped up for landscaping or put into lakes and ponds for smaller fish to survive. Most tree farmers plant 2 to 3 year old seedlings and without any fertilizer. I planted my entire farm by hand using a hand planting bar (no gasoline required).
Give a gift
back to the environment!
Real Christmas trees are an
all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Most artificial trees are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong
Real trees are a renewable,
recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics
For every real Christmas tree
harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
There are about 1 million
acres in production for growing Christmas trees. Each acre provides the
daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
There are about 15,000
Christmas tree growers in the U.S., and over 100,000 people employed full
or part time in the industry.
There are approximately 5,000
choose and cut farms in the U.S.
It can take as many as 15
years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (6 feet), but the
average growing time in 7 years.
The top selling Christmas
trees are: Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine,
Virginia Pine and White Pine.
Environmentally and Traditionally Wrong to buy and use plastic products to
celebrate Christmas ... Here's
1. Fake trees and wreaths
are made from nonrenewable petroleum.
REAL Christmas trees and
wreaths do not harm our environment and our resources... they are produced
as an agricultural crop. Each year Christmas tree growers replace cut
trees with a new crop of seedlings.
2. When a fake tree catches
fire, it puts dangerous toxic fumes into the air.
A properly cared-for REAL
Christmas tree will not catch fire easily. If and when it does, its fumes
will certainly not be as toxic. In addition, one acre of REAL Christmas
trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produces enough oxygen
for 18 people.
3. Fake trees cannot be
recycled. When they are disposed of in a sanitary landfill, they will not
disintegrate, but will remain there forever, taking up increasingly scarce
Our cities today are faced
with a critical shortage of sanitary land fill space. Many of them, and
states as well, have passed laws prohibiting disposal of REAL Christmas
trees in a landfill. REAL trees are thus being used in various helpful
ways when disposed of...such as ground-up mulch to replenish the soil,
fish habitat and other useful methods.
But, what about disposal of
fake Christmas trees? No legislation has yet been passed to prohibit their
disposal in a landfill. A fake Christmas tree has no use whatsoever when
disposed of, except to continue taking up space in critically-needed
4. Fake trees are
manufactured mainly outside of the United States.
We hear much today about our
economy being faced with a loss of jobs. Why do we continue to promote
loss of jobs in the Christmas tree industry by buying and using fake
Christmas trees and wreaths when very few fake trees and wreaths are made
in the United States by American Labor.
Thousands of jobs have already
been lost in the Christmas tree industry because continued sale and use of
fake trees and wreaths continues to be encouraged.
Over the years, the Christmas
tree has come to symbolize the faith and hope of harmony among all
mankind. This spirit is REAL and a REAL Christmas tree, when brought
inside our homes, projects this feeling through its pleasant scent and
natural warm beauty.
Christmas with a REAL Christmas tree and wreath, while helping protect our
valuable nonrenewable environment.
There is nothing like the scent and beauty of a live Christmas tree to get your entire family in the spirit of the season. You may even find yourself shopping for Santa Suits to surprise your children on Christmas Eve. Now that is something they will never forget
Christmas Tree Farm Network