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Real Trees

  • Farm produced and grown in the U.S. and Canada
  • Trees support complex eco-systems and the plant tissue is 100% biodegradable
  • Trees absorb carbon dioxide and are PVC and Lead Free
  • Decomposing trees release nitrogen and other elements into the soil
  • Scientists have found no significant chemical residue on fresh cut Christmas trees
  • Trees can be recycled in a variety of ways
  • In North America, 40-50 million trees were planted in 2007
  • An estimated 446 million trees are growing on farms in the U.S.
  • Seedlings are planted in March-May and September-October
  • For every tree harvested three seedlings are planted
  • Over 2 million trees are currently growing in our fields
  • Conifers on our plantations produce enough daily oxygen for approximately 54,000 people (the entire population of Greenland)

Artificial Trees

  • 85% are manufactured in China’s factories
  • Factories consume natural resources
  • Raw materials are sent to factories and assembled into the final product
  • Artificial trees are made of metal and plastics
  • Plastic is a petroleum byproduct non-biodegradable
  • Petroleum, used to make plastic is a non-renewable resource as are metals
  • Artificial trees are made from PVC and they are NOT LEAD FREE
  • PVC itself is a dangerous chemical
  • Manufacturing of PVC creates and disperses dioxins, the most toxic man-made chemical known
  • Dioxins accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and humans, potentially causing cancer, damaging immune functions and impairing children’s development
  • Artificial trees are disposed of in landfills
  • An indefinite burden on the environment
  • Artificial trees are only used for an average of six years

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