Don’t Buy a Fake Xmas Tree

… and other assorted tips for the Big 3 holidays is in my Biscayne Times article here. While some people assume that a fake Christmas tree, which can be reused year after year, would be less wasteful than a cut tree, I’m not convinced. What do you think? The fake tree requires assembly of various unknown substances (metallic bark?) in a factory, probably in China, and then it must be shipped here in a box, which was made from a dead tree. When the fake tree eventually gets tossed, or worse — burned — its toxic remains will stick around for centuries.

Coconuts and sugar cane instead of cocoa and candy canes?

An evergreen tree has the distinct advantage of being biodegradable and actually beneficial when dumped, although a woodchipper could make it more immediately useful as mulch. IKEA used to do that; they would take back old trees and give you a coupon for Swedish meatballs.

It has also been argued that evergreens capture carbon dioxide, and farmers raise them more quickly than nature would. Oh, and Taylor Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, so it must be OK. It’s a Country Christmas!

The main drawback of a tree farm, I think, is that is displaces natural habitat that supports native wildlife. But I still think the farm is better than the factory. And it sure smells a lot nicer.

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