Christmas Trees are Green and Good for the Environment!
Christmas Trees are NOT from the forest !! They are grown sustainably in rows (like corn) on tree farms just to be Christmas Trees ! They are a renewable and recyclable resource grown by farmers in the United States. Christmas Trees are carbon neutral & completely biodegradable. Artificial trees are NOT biodegradable, they contain lead, plastic & metal. These are a burden on our environment indefinitely !
There are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in North America every year. Of that number 300,000 are sold via e-commerce or catalog and shipped mail-order.
For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place the following spring. There are about 1 million acres in production for growing Christmas Trees. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements for 18 people.
There are about 15,000 Christmas Tree growers in North America, and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. The top Christmas Tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin.
It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time is 7 years. The top selling Christmas Trees are: Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine and White Pine.
Did you know?
The first decorated Christmas Tree was in Riga, Latvia. In 1600, German people would decorate their trees with apples. The decoreated trees and glass ornaments were introduced to the United States in the 1800’s by German settlers. The Electric light decorations for Christmas trees came from Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson in 1882.