What kind of trees are environmentally friendly?

But with the climate crisis on the top of everyone’s minds, there are many questions about which types of trees are environmentally friendly, real or fake? The short answer is: REAL TREES! Turns out the fresh grown option is best for more than one reason:

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases and emit fresh oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts.

RENEWABLE Christmas trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. This means Christmas trees are a sustainable crop. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill.

RECYCLABLE Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. (Note: never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.) There may even be a goat farm in your area that will accept Christmas tree post-holiday to feed to their goats!

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES Many Christmas trees are sold through small local businesses, like our retail partner Barn Owl Garden Center, and farms themselves. Not only do you get to support small and local businesses but they are also accompanied by a unique and fun experience for the whole family with special events, cocoa and more.

DELIGHTFUL SMELL Lastly who can resist the amazing smell that a fresh tree provides. It gives us all the warm fuzzies inside. So go get yourself a fresh cut tree this Christmas!

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