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GOING GREEN
Making An Eco-Friendly Choice:
The Environmental Debate Settled
Real Trees Artificial Trees
PLACE OF ORIGIN
• United States & Canada
PLACE OF ORIGIN
METHOD OF PRODUCTION
85% from China
• farming, planting takes place Jan-May
METHOD OF PRODUCTION
• estimated 40-45 million trees planted in 2008 in North
• factory, raw materials sent to factory & assembled into final
America
product
• estimated 446 million trees growing on farms in U.S.
• product is shipped to U.S. then distributed to stores
• tree farms support complex ecosystems
• number of factories unknown
COMPONENTS
• factories only consume natural resources
• plant tissue, 100% biodegradable
COMPONENTS
PVC FREE?
• plastics and metals
• Yes
PVC FREE?
LEAD FREE?
• No
• Yes
LEAD FREE?
CARBON NEUTRAL?
• No (lead is used in the process of making PVC plastic)
• Yes, trees absorb carbon dioxide • when decomposing,
CARBON NEUTRAL?
carbon, nitrogen and other elements are released into soil
• No, plastic is a petroleum by-product
CHEMICALS?
CHEMICALS?
• No, Scientists have measured cut Christmas trees for
• Yes, PVC itself is a dangerous chemical
chemical residue and not found any significant amounts
• Manufacturing of PVC creates and disperses dioxins, the
• Many different bugs, fungi and parasites can attack and
most toxic man-made chemical known
kill trees, so farmers may use pesticides to keep consumers’
• Released into air or water, dioxins enter the food chain,
trees healthy and alive until harvest
where they accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and humans
• Most pesticides are ground applied
• A potential risk for causing cancer, damaging immune
• Herbicides are used to suppress, not kill off, weeds to
functions and impairing children’s development
prevent soil erosion
DISPOSAL
• If someone tells you: “There are chemicals on cut
• Landfill
Christmas trees,” they are wrong
• Fake trees can’t be recycled and end up in landfills
DISPOSAL
• All of the accumulated fake trees are a burden to the
• Recycled, used trees can be recycled in a variety of
environment indefinitely
ways
RENEWABLE RESOURCE?
• Decomposing trees add nutrients back into the earth
• No, Petroleum, used to make plastic, is a nonrenewable
RENEWABLE RESOURCE?
resource, as are metals
• Yes, new trees are planted every year
ECO-FRIENDLY?
ECO-FRIENDLY?
• No
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• Yes
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