In case you are considering buying an artificial tree, it takes 7.3 pounds of plastic to make one made-in-China typical artificial tree and a consumer must reuse that tree for 20 years before it has a lower carbon footprint than a real tree. Consider buying or even renting a live tree that will be replanted after the holidays, or saved for you the following year. The average conifer absorbs 1 ton of carbon over 60 years, making the air we breathe a whole lot cleaner.
Recycling your Christmas tree has never been easier. There are 4000 tree-recycling centers nationwide. To find one in your area, go to earth911.com. Your tree will be turned into nutrient rich compost or water saving wood chips for someone’s garden.
You can also recycle your conventional decorative lights (use LED energy efficient Christmas lights and reduce your electricity costs by 80%) at recyclingcenters.org