Artificial or Real Christmas Trees? <ul><li>The Christmas Tree Debate </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits and Concerns </li></ul>
Christmas Trees in US Households Consumer survey by the National Christmas Tree Association 2000 2002 Fake Trees 50.6 mill...
Artificial Trees - Benefits <ul><li>Minimizes GHG emissions: Artificial trees can be reused for 10-15 years  </li></ul><ul...
Artificial Trees - Concerns Image: www.greenearthpromos.com Image: www.3dchem.com  Polyvinyl chloride   Petroleum–based: N...
Artificial Tree Concerns <ul><li>Try to purchase a tree not made with PVC and without lead </li></ul><ul><li>After touchin...
<ul><li>Less Waste Annually. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No dead trees;  </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Real Christmas Trees - Concerns <ul><li>Herbicides are sometimes used when growing seedlings. </li></ul><ul><li>Phosphate ...
Real Christmas Trees - Concerns <ul><li>A real tree in the house can trigger allergies from the mold found on the bark, th...
Real Christmas Trees - Benefits <ul><li>Offsetting CO2: Trees grow by taking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere fo...
<ul><li>Trees grown locally – remember that the dug hole for the tree should be double the tree’s ball in size. </li></ul>...
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Pros and Cons of Artificial and Real Christmas Trees from an Ecological Perspective.
by Michael Forlini, EcoPlum

  • Very informative. Amazing how what you do not know can hurt. I have always been uncomfortable having a tree in my house - now I know why. Tx.
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Ho Ho Ho Christmas Tree Debate Eco Plum

  1. 1. Artificial or Real Christmas Trees? <ul><li>The Christmas Tree Debate </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits and Concerns </li></ul>
  2. 2. Christmas Trees in US Households Consumer survey by the National Christmas Tree Association 2000 2002 Fake Trees 50.6 million households 47% of Households Real Trees 32 million households 21% of Households No Tree 32% of Households
  3. 3. Artificial Trees - Benefits <ul><li>Minimizes GHG emissions: Artificial trees can be reused for 10-15 years </li></ul><ul><li>No mold allergies </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial trees do not consume water each day </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial trees are not thrown out every year </li></ul>Image: www.kpic.com
  4. 4. Artificial Trees - Concerns Image: www.greenearthpromos.com Image: www.3dchem.com Polyvinyl chloride Petroleum–based: Non-renewable Carbon Emitting Image: www.climatechangenetwork.org.uk Not Recyclable Lead Greenhouse Gasses
  5. 5. Artificial Tree Concerns <ul><li>Try to purchase a tree not made with PVC and without lead </li></ul><ul><li>After touching the tree, wash hands thoroughly before touching your face or handling food </li></ul><ul><li>Do not vacuum dust from under the tree as it could spread tiny particles of lead dust through the air </li></ul><ul><li>Degradation of the PVC into lead containing dust can occur if artificial trees with PVC and lead are placed near a sunny window or heat source/fireplace </li></ul><ul><li>More than 80% of artificial trees are made in China </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GHGs emitted during manufacture, processing & shipping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High probability of lead content. </li></ul></ul>Image: www.christmas-tree-world.com
  6. 6. <ul><li>Less Waste Annually. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No dead trees; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation concerns; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water conservation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less maintenance. </li></ul><ul><li>Potential cost savings. </li></ul>Artificial Tree Benefits
  7. 7. Real Christmas Trees - Concerns <ul><li>Herbicides are sometimes used when growing seedlings. </li></ul><ul><li>Phosphate is used by many commercial Christmas tree farms - nutrient runoff to surface water. </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticides are sprayed at least once a year for pest management depending on USDA inspections and commercial practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Excess trees cut: Some trees are cut and never used as ornaments. </li></ul>Image: www.newmediaexplorer.org
  8. 8. Real Christmas Trees - Concerns <ul><li>A real tree in the house can trigger allergies from the mold found on the bark, the trunk or the branches, especially when the tree warms up. </li></ul><ul><li>High greenhouse gas emissions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees are seldom indigenous to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consumer’s area-transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cutting and bailing trees and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transportation of trees-processing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generation of dead trees annually. </li></ul></ul>Image: www.newmediaexplorer.org
  9. 9. Real Christmas Trees - Benefits <ul><li>Offsetting CO2: Trees grow by taking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere for respiration – younger growing trees require more. </li></ul><ul><li>Releasing Oxygen: Real trees release oxygen into the atmosphere. In addition they create green space and are turned into compost at the season end. </li></ul><ul><li>Net growth in trees: For every tree harvested, more trees (usually 3 for each 1 cut) are planted to ensure a steady supply year after year. </li></ul><ul><li>Many uses: Real trees can also </li></ul><ul><li>be used to prevent shore erosion. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Trees grown locally – remember that the dug hole for the tree should be double the tree’s ball in size. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider your state’s extension service to identify Christmas trees that are indigenous to your area. </li></ul><ul><li>Check for mold on the needles, bark & branches. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Tree farms that use soil conservation practices and use very little or no phosphates or fertilizers. </li></ul><ul><li>Check with your State’s Christmas Tree Association or the National Christmas Tree Association for additonal information. </li></ul>Real Tree Considerations
  11. 11. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! From all of us at EcoPlum

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