Monday, October 24, 2005

Choosing a "green" Christmas tree

The November/December issue of Natural Home & Garden has an interesting look at whether an artificial or a real Christmas tree is better for the environment.  The columnist checked out the fake trees and discovered that the fake ones are PVC ("No on vinyl, and that's final.") AND that lead is apparently used to stabilize certain PVC products.   So now you have to decide between trees grown with pesticides and herbicides or organic; family operations vs. companies; buying and planting, which isn't always practical; etc.  There is a molded polyethylene tree, but it's short and expensive.  As for me, I prefer the smell of a fresh Christmas tree, which nowadays, is harder to find...

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