Have a “Real” Green Christmas

More people than ever are concerned with how things affect the environment. Although this concern often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, families can easily make one choice that will help them do their part to better the environment as well as help their local economy. That choice is to use a fresh, natural Real Christmas Tree as the centerpiece of their holiday celebration. “Unlike artificial trees, Real Christmas Trees are renewable and recyclable, ” says Mel Koelling, Forestry Professor Michigan State University, “However, many people still perceive cutting trees down as bad for the environment and that is not the case. Real Christmas Trees no longer come from the forest. They are grown on farms throughout North America.” In fact, Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas Trees in the United States, selling on average 3 million trees a year. So how exactly are you helping the environment by purchasing a real Christmas tree? 1: Christmas trees are renewable. For every tree that is harvested, growers will plant 2-3 more trees to replace the one harvested, continuing the growing cycle. 2: Christmas trees are 100% recyclable. Trees can be used as mulch, fuel chips, and wildlife shelter after the holidays. Artificial trees are not recyclable and often contain non-biodegradable materials such as PVC that can be harmful to the environment.

So as you celebrate the season of Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men; provide some peace TO the Earth and goodwill toward the environment. Bring home a real Michgan tree this Christmas, and feel good about contributing to a healthy environment, supporting a family farm and spending money in your own community.

For more information…

Michigan Christmas Tree farm directory (Find a tree close to you)
http://www.mcta.org/members/complete-member-listing/tree-directory/items/category/choose-cut

Selection and care of your tree
http://www.pickyourownchristmastree.org/MIxmastrees.php

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20323425,00.html

One comment on “Have a “Real” Green Christmas

  1. Chris,

    While I agree, for the most part, and do use real Christmas trees every year, there is also a cost to this approach as well. Increase in demand for Christmas trees would surely result in new land being used for these crops. Should the land come from some other less profitable crop then no loss but should deciduous forest be cleared to make way for sparsely planted pines then there is surely an environmental cost. Living in the Holland area, I see this with Blueberry farms continuously expanding at the expense of forests.

    Regards,

    Daniel T

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