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Are Green Trees Really Green?

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The pros and cons of real and artificial Christmas trees.

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Just when you thought the whole paper or plastic debate was settled. It’s paper, right? No, wait, plastic. Um, anyway… the annual riddle for the holiday is which Christmas tree is better for the environment, real or fake? We always kind of assumed it was fake, but the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition warns that artificial trees "may shed lead-laced dust, which may cover branches or shower gifts and the floor below the tree.” That doesn’t sound good. So, obviously, real is better?

Perhaps, but what about the pesticides used to grow the trees, and the massive cost of shipping them to the local Christmas tree lots?

Okay, we give up. Which is it?

Here’s an idea: livingChristmasTrees.org sells live Christmas trees that you can replant in your backyard. Wow, that sounds a wee bit complicated.

Hmm, What Would Santa Do?


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