What Makes a Green Christmas Tree

May 17th, 2013 BY Marina Hanes | 2 Comments

As you are preparing for your holiday festivities, it can be easy to forget your green sensibilities. This year make sure to be green by making sure you have an eco-friendly Christmas tree. If you are wondering what makes a green Christmas tree, keep reading to find out.

While fake Christmas trees are convenient and easy to setup year after year, they are not an eco-friendly option for the holiday. The main reason why they are not a green alternative is because they are made from plastic, specifically polyvinyl chloride (PVC). There is a lot of pollution caused from manufacturing this type of plastic, and it is challenging to recycle. Another problem with PVC is that it often contains lead, and a lead-containing Christmas tree is not something you want to have in your home around your children and pets.

Farmed Christmas trees are one of the best options to make your holiday eco-friendly, because they are a renewable resource. These trees are grown specifically for the holiday, so while they are maturing they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. One mature tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. When the holiday is over, you can have your tree recycled into mulch. Sometimes your local recycling center will provide this service, or you can check at your local park to donate it or use it for your own yard.

Live trees are another alternative, if you have the ability to plant the tree. Depending on what type of live tree you buy, you might only be able to have it in the house for up to 10 days. If you keep it in the house any longer, it will die. If you live in the right climate and have an appropriate place to plant it, a live tree is a green tree. However, you have to keep in mind that you will have to either buy another live tree next year or have a farmed tree cut down.

Making your tree green this Christmas will require effort on your part, but you will help support tree farms, which help reduce pollution. Or if you opt for a live tree, you will have mulch for your yard or community.

  1. heretoday

    It’s also good to make sure that your Green Christmas tree is green (fresh enough) to not be a fire hazard. Try bouncing the tree against the ground three or four times. If there are a bunch of needles on the ground that used to be on your tree, it’s not green.

  2. stav

    We’ve always had a real tree… I hate the plastic things.. After christmas we chop it up and use it for firewood…

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