|Cutting your own tree is a|
more sustainable option
|You would have to use a|
fake tree 20 years before
it matched the carbon
footprint of a farmed tree
When Christmas is over don't just set your Christmas tree out on the curb for trash pick-up. They make great wildlife habitat. If you feed birds over the winter set them out near your feeders. They will provide shelter for the birds and great escape cover from predators. Following that you can pile them in brushy areas to provide habitat for small mammels, such as rabbits. If you do have to throw them away make sure they will be chipped and composted. That way the tree is recycled and not just tossed in a landfill.
Real Christmas trees more sustainable than fakes, forestry professor says
An artificial Christmas tree would have to be used for 20 years before its carbon footprint matches that of a farmed tree, according to a forestry professor at the University of B.C. Steve Mitchell said most artificial trees are kept only six years before fashions change and owners throw them out. Most end their life in a landfill.
"Artificial trees need to be kept for 20 years for the carbon emissions to be equivalent to using natural trees," Mitchell said, referring to a life cycle study done in 2009 by Ellipsos, a Montreal-based sustainable consulting company.
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