Posted by: wantpeacework4justice | November 7, 2008

What’s a mind if you can’t change it?

This week, I changed my opinion about whether to use an artificial tree or a real tree at Christmas.  For the last eight to ten years, I was of the opinion that it would be better for the environment to use an artificial tree (I have a super nice one by the way) instead of a real tree because I hated the idea of cutting down trees.

But, a recent article authored by the organization Arbor Day, which I greatly respect, changed my mind.  Here are the reasons they gave for using real trees v. artificial:

  • According to the National Christmas Tree Assoc., 85% of artificial trees begin in overseas factories where working conditions are less than ideal.
  • Many artificail trees are made with metals and plastics that sometimes include PVC or lead, and they end up in landfills
  • real trees are a renewable, sustainable resource
  • real trees provide jobs in rural areas and support American families
  • real trees provide the usual benefits of trees, including oxygen, CO2 uptake, erosion control, and wildlife habitat
  • help to preserve open space
  • are biodegradable and recyclable; they can be made into chips or compost, or used for conservation purposes such as filling eroding gullies or sunk in lakes to provide better fish habitat

Use real trees from forest thinnings or tree farms.

Yeah – my house will smell nice this Christmas.



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