abhorrent1: I don't pick fake to be environmentally friendly. I pick fake so I don't have to go out and buy one every year and clean up the mess.
Hermione_Granger: I disagree. My mom bought a fake tree when I turned 15. She used that tree for years until I moved back home. Then we used my fake tree which I bought when my daughter was 5 and we still use now she's 20. My mom's old tree is in use at church every winter to hold hat, glove and scarf donations. Two fake trees with well over 30 years use between them and will probably be used for decades more. How is this enviornmentally unfriendly?
kaseyfarksdaladies: Real or fake, it's a stupid tradition.
Gortex: TFA was actually an interesting read. Where I'm from, (Nova Scotia), shipping Xmas trees to the US is a fairly big industry.Red spruce is the only real Xmas tree!
Kimpak: Christmas tree bags. Check them out. Slip it on before you put it on the stand; then when its time to take it down it just slips over the tree and you take it out to the curb. Easy peasy.There are also a variety of watering gadgets that work pretty good. As long as you get a good healthy tree and keep it watered, they don't drop a ton of needles.
Hermione_Granger: I disagree. My mom bought a fake tree when I turned 15. She used that tree for years until I moved back home. Then we used my fake tree which I bought when my daughter was 5 and we still use now she's 20. My mom's old tree is in use at church every winter to hold hat, glove and scarf donations. Two fake trees with well over 30 years use between them and will probably be used for decades more. How is this enviornmentally (sic) unfriendly?
GORDON: There are more trees now in the USA than there were 100 years ago.GLOBAL WARMING.
mike_d85: You mean that 8-foot tall, 4 time use piece of metal and plastic isn't environmentally freindly?
Jim_Callahan: Throughout Maine, more than 1.2 million Christmas trees are growing quietly on about 300 plots of land. Each tree will progress slowly from seed to seedling, from youth to maturity, until they're harvested 12 years later for their brief moment of glory in living rooms and parlors throughout the land.The fark kind of trees are you using as christmas trees, white oak? Your standard 6-8 foot fir hits full size in three years. I know this because a neighbor used to raise them, he had three lots that he cycled.//Oh, confiers... why? Why not use something that grows faster?"Real Christmas trees sequester carbon while they're growing," she said. "The ground they're growing in keeps building up organic matter, which also helps keep carbon out of the atmosphere and in the soil."Also, nearly all Christmas tree growers plant a new tree for every one that is cut down, so sequestration continues long after the holidays, she said.Artificial trees, on the other hand, cannot be recycled whenever their usable life ends, plus a lot of fossil fuels are burned to create and ship them to the U.S, she said.... ok, when I read "doctorate in plant and soil sciences", my first reaction was genuine curiosity, since I've never seen a school have any department labeled like that, it's typically agriculture or botany.Then I read the above (plus the bit where they're encouraging "organic" farming) and realized it's one of those internet degrees from an unaccredited university with no physical campus or actual faculty. I know this because if it _was_ a real degree, and you published a nonsense phrase of incorrectly-used buzzwords like "trees sequester carbon while they're growing" without taking the fifteen seconds to google what sequestration actually means, your thesis advisor would hunt you down and beat you to death with a baseball bat with rusty nails sticking out of it.//Also, not knowing that PET and HDPE, the two most common plastics in trees, are both recyclable, is pretty unforgivable for anyone with pretenses toward scientific literacy. As is not knowing that short sappy evergreens aren't meaningfully recyclable, as it takes more energy and produces more pollution to turn them into paper or particle board than just letting it rot somewhere and making new paper out of a proper wood.//farking ignorant-ass hippies have ruined environmentalism for the actual, knowledgeable conservationists. We really need to look into resurrecting Theodore Roosevelt.
mike_d85: I thought not planting hundreds of pine trees that would grow faster because of their youth and absorb significant amounts of carbon from the air was a good thing.
jwmc1971: @ Jim_Callahan....see thats why i love Fark . someone smarter/non-lazy researcher will come along and smack down whatever nonsense they are spewing and teach you a thing or two . Oh ...fake tree guy here btw ...lol . after having 2 kids try and topple my tree for years , i went to fake . plastic decos too . no breakage or split water .
ramblinwreck: I don't know a single person that buys one to be "green." I have a fake one because I remember from my youth how much of a pain in the ass real ones were.
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