Recycle your Christmas Tree

White House Christmas Tree/Msnbc

Christmas has come and gone, It's time to take down your tree and all the trimmings.
If your like us you have a real tree. Do like we do and recycle it.
Feeling guilty about having a real tree?  Missing that aroma that fills the house when you enter?  Here's some Christmas tree facts that you may find as interesting as we did.

This is from the National Christmas Tree Association:
"North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department."
"Most artificial Christmas trees are made of metals and plastics. The plastic material, typically PVC, can be a potential source of hazardous lead. Read a warning about them from the Children's Health Environmental Coalition."
"There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry." 
"For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring."

Things that make you go ummm!!!
Not knocking artificial trees, for some it's a cost saver real trees are not cheap.
There's is no needles to clean up. You may want to wear gloves while handling. If you have one, enjoy it.
We learned some things about trees that we thought might interest you.
We grew up with fake trees, from silver to green.
But as adults we always have had a real tree.
OK we're biased.
To recycle your tree if your community doesn't have curbside pick up, click here for to find a location near you. A lot of home improvements stores have a recycle day just for trees.
Some communities like ours mulch them and give out free compost.
In the spring a lot of lakes will use them as natural fish habitats.
Before you place a tree in a lake or pond, please check the regulations for your area.
So don't feel guilty about your tree which stands so magnificently adorned with all your precious ornaments.
Recycle reuse and regenerate.

The Camping Consultants

1 comment: