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Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

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Did you know it’s better for the environment to actually cut down a tree – as opposed to using an artificial one? True – so long as you recycle.

I love real Christmas trees; it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without one. Though it bothers me to think about cutting down a new tree every year, a Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, makes me feel better about my choice–as long as I recycle my tree when it’s time to undeck the halls. Natural trees generate 3.1 kg of greenhouse gases per year while artificial trees produce 8.1 kg per year. For natural Christmas trees, the main ecological impact stems from transportation to and from the tree farm; for artificial trees, the production stage accounts for 93 percent of the impact measured by Ellipsos: manufacturing (85 percent) and transport from China (8 percent). – From Huffington Post



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