Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment.
While they're growing, real Christmas trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. They also provide a habitat for wildlife.
Real Christmas Trees Are Renewable.
Real Christmas trees are grown on farms just like any other crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest.
Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable.
Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Click here to learn how to recycle your Christmas tree.
Real Christmas Trees Help Preserve Green Spaces.
Christmas trees are often grown on soil that does not support other crops. To learn more about how real Christmas trees help the environment, click here.
Why You Should Pick a Real Christmas Tree
There are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year.
There are close to 350 million real Christmas trees currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers. These trees are grown as a harvestable crop.
Texas Christmas trees are grown by local farmers on Texas land that you visit to pick out your own tree. According to the U.S. Commerce Department., 80 percent of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China.
Real Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.
There are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the U.S. Find a recycling location by visiting www.earth911.com or your local city or county web site.
For every real Christmas tree harvested, one to three seedlings are planted the following spring.
There are about 350,000 acres in production for growing Christmas trees in the US, much of it preserving green space.
In Texas, many Christmas tree farms are situated on land that is not useful for other crops, providing a habitat for wildlife.