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Sun Dec 10, 2017, 10:12 AM

FSogol's Advent Calendar Day 10: Dreaming of a Green Christmas

The real versus artificial tree debate crops up every year, but environmentalists have come to a pretty clear-cut consensus: Natural is better. About 450 million trees are currently grown on farms in the U.S., according to the National Christmas Tree Association. “Buying a real tree is not depleting the forests,” says Rick Dungey, a spokesman for the association. “It’s like buying any food or fiber product.”

Environmental experts also point out that tree farms provide oxygen, diminish carbon dioxide and create jobs. While 85 percent of fake trees are imported from China, the U.S. Christmas tree industry creates more than 100,000 U.S. jobs. And although fake trees can be used year after year, most are made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. When produced or burned, they release dioxins that can cause liver cancer and developmental problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Those trimming the tree can also make other holiday decorations more environmentally friendly. Aside from the energy-saving LEDs, organic ornaments are available at fair-trade companies, which work to ensure that artisans get equitable compensation for their labor.

As with all other waste, environmentalists stress the importance of recycling Christmas trees, which can be turned into compost or mulch. But they caution that a tree with tinsel or fake snow spray cannot be recycled. Most “treecycling” is done on a local level and regional extension agencies are the best resources for that information. But Earth911.org and the National Christmas Tree Association keep a national database.



More at: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dreaming-of-a-green-christmas-8557020/#8t1d9goQst6OVeI5.99

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Sun Dec 10, 2017, 11:14 AM

1. I'm decorating my 6 1/2-foot-tall Norfolk Island Pine.

LED lights and all. Some ornaments that my parents bought 80 years ago, others made by kids in the family, others new reflecting my life and ethnic heritage.

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Sun Dec 10, 2017, 11:28 AM

2. We got a 5-1/2 foot Fraser fir this year. We use led lights, some vintage glass ornaments, and

everything collected over the years.

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Sun Dec 10, 2017, 11:31 AM

3. I love Fraser firs!

They stay fresh for so long and the smell is wonderful.

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