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Go Green, Go Real

Buying a real Christmas tree can be more eco-friendly than a fake one!

Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Real Christmas Tree

1.      The trip to the Christmas tree farm or lot is the perfect holiday family outing.

2.      Christmas tree farms are an alternative land use to suburban sprawl.

3.      Buying a real Christmas tree actually results in 1 to 3 more trees being planted.

4.      PVC or vinyl trees will sit for years in landfills, but real trees can be “treecycled.”

5.      Fake trees pose health hazards by bringing chemicals into your home.

6.      Fake trees use more fossil fuels, both in manufacturing and shipping.

7.      It takes 10 to 20 years of usage to offset the carbon footprint of one fake tree!

8.      Real trees have hugely positive impact on environment while growing and after use

9.      That great Christmas tree smell is an all-natural holiday home fragrance

10.  When you buy a real tree from a local tree farm, you are supporting a local grower.

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linda james December 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Nancy, this information adds a "green" value to the Christmas tree tradition. Thank you, -linda james
mtkmiss December 16, 2011 at 02:43 AM
My daughter & I just bought our first ever real "live" christmas tree yesterday. We decided we both hated fake, hated the thought of cutting a tree so went for a balled tree we could plant out in the yard, after all was said and done. Looks gorgeous, smells beautiful but what no-one tells you is how heavy the little treasure is! Heck I had to enlist the help of a couple of guys wandering Main St. just to get the dang thing into the house. We love it though but have already warned the guys who helped me that they are coming back after Christmas to help me move it back outside so we can plant the monster. BTW it is only 4 1/2 ft tall. Can't imagine how heavy a 7 footer would be? Be warned folks. Merry Christmas to all

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