Why Buy a Real Christmas Tree?

Many consumers will be asking themselves that question this holiday season.

In this age of environmental awareness it's appropriate to know that a favorite family holiday tradition of choosing a real Christmas tree over an artificial tree is still the environmentally responsible choice.

"What could be simpler or more natural?" says Bob Scott, 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! At our tree farms we “recycle” the living stumps from the trees you cut (as long as the tree is cut as we direct, leaving two rows of living branches on the stump) into a new tree through a process we call “stump culture” in fewer years than it takes to produce a salable tree from a seedling.  

Real Christmas trees are an all-American, recyclable, renewable resource. Artificial trees, most of which are manufactured in China, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong are not renewable and consist of plastics, paints and metals, none of which are renewable when made into a fake tree. Artificial tree manufacturing releases tons of poisonous toxins into the air every year. Fake trees are not recyclable nor are they biodegradable. When disposed of (generally after only 3 to 5 years of use), the artificial trees will never deteriorate. Their effects on our environment are evident and will remain for countless generations.

The first fake trees in the United States appeared in the 1950s and were manufactured by the Addis Brush Company using the machines they used to produce toilet brushes. Think about that. Do you really want a fake tree that has its “roots” in a toilet brush? If you do, look on the bright side, pine fresh scent is available as a disinfectant in an aerosol can. Breathe deep and enjoy that (artificial) “Pine Fresh” scent!
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