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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” gasses 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 deer.

When planted outside after the Holidays, balled and burlapped

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 yard.

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

non-renewable plastics. The manufacture of

petroleum-based plastics use up natural

resources. Once used, they are gone forever.

Furthermore, the manufacture of both

plastic and metal components in the tree

consume energy and create pollution.

The average use of a Fake Christmas tree is

only 6 or 7 years. Eventually, they all go to

the landfill as garbage.

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.

T H E E N V I R O N M E N TA L C H O I C E

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

Real Christmas Trees

Choose a Real Christmas Tree.

The Environmental

& Traditional Choice!

Visit

www.NCchristmastrees.com

for more information.

Fake Christmas Trees