In the 20th century, around 98 percent of Christmas trees came from the forest. Today, most Christmas trees are grown on tree farms, which can benefit and harm the environment.
In an article from care2 I found what the Eco-benefits of tree recycling is, why buying a live Christmas tree is best for the environment and how Christmas tree farms benefit the environment.
If you do go out and cut down your tree or buy from the lot, remember to recycle your tree. This will help reduce waste and avoid consuming much needed space in landfills.
- Christmas trees can be ground up and used as mulch in gardens.
- They can be used as sand and erosion barriers on beaches or lakes.
- They can be sunk in lakes and ponds to provide refuge for fish.
Living Christmas trees
How awesome to be able to plant your Christmas tree in your yard year after year. A reminder of Christmases past.
- Trees clean the air and provide oxygen- planting 30 trees can offset your home and car’s annual contribution to global warming.
- Tree root systems hold in place soil that, if washed away by heavy rains, flow into streams and rivers, making them shallower and causing flooding.
- The EPA claims that planting trees is the best way to reverse the global warming effect.
Christmas Tree farms
- While trees grow they replenish the air with oxygen; just one acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen to support eighteen people.
- Tree farms provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.
- Christmas trees can be planted where few other plants grow, increasing soil stability.
- For each tree cut on tree farms, 2 or 3 new seedlings are planted.
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