Real Christmas trees are plantation grown on American family farms, making an important economic
contribution to many rural communities in the United States.
Real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful “greenhouse” gases and release
fresh oxygen into the air. A Real Christmas tree has a fragrance beyond compare.
One acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people. There are about
500,000 acres of Christmas trees in the United States which collectively provide oxygen for 9
million people daily. Young, fast-growing trees like Christmas trees release more oxygen than
mature forest trees.
For every Real Christmas tree harvested, another one is planted in its place to ensure a steady
supply year after year. Christmas tree fields support turkey, quail, songbirds, rabbits and
When planted outside after the Holidays, balled and burlaped Real Christmas Trees temper winds,
suppress loud sounds, filter dust, moderate temperature, and dissipate odors.
Real Christmas trees are an all-American renewable, recyclable resource. After the holidays, Real
trees are chipped into biodegradable mulch, which replenishes soil in landscapes, parks, and
schools. Most communities offer recycling programs.
Recycled Real Christmas trees are also used as wind and water barriers at beaches and river beds to
fight sand and soil erosion. They protect our water supplies, and provide refuge for wildlife. When
sunk in ponds, they provide excellent refuge and feeding areas for fish.
Real Christmas trees can be used as a feeding station and winter shelter for songbirds in your
Some consumers are allergic to dust that accumulates on surfaces of Real trees grown outside. You
can wash most allergens off by spraying the tree with water before bringing it inside.
The safest Christmas tree is a fresh, well-watered tree. A Real tree has never started a fire.
Faulty Christmas lights, candles, and fireplaces can start tree fires.
|Fake Christmas trees are made in Korea, Taiwan, or China. Importing artificial trees
contributes to the US trade deficit.
Fake Christmas trees are made from nonrenewable plastics. The manufacture of petroleum-based plastics
use up natural resources. Once used, they are gone forever.
The manufacture of both plastic and metal components in the tree consume energy and create
The average use of a Fake Christmas tree is only 6 or 7 years. Eventually, they all go to the landfill
Fake Christmas trees are not biodegradable. The plastics and metals that they contain, including lead,
will remain in our landfills for centuries.
Three Asian wood-boring beetle species have been imported to America on the wooden trunks of Fake
trees. Undetected, these insects could attack native forest trees and lumber.
Some consumers have suffered an allergic reaction to materials in their Fake tree.
When a Fake Christmas tree catches fire, it releases dangerous toxic fumes into the home
For more information on the hazards of artificial trees, click here.