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There’s a Lot More to Your Christmas Trees Than You Think

Friday Dec 25, 2015 8:06 AM

Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons

The US Department of Agriculture reports that American every year between 34 to 36 million trees are cut, harvested and sold for the sake of our holiday traditions.

Now, before you stop your yearly tradition of getting a good ‘ol Christmas tree you should know that we’re not really impacting the environment by killing millions of living trees in the name of presents and Jesus.

In fact, most farms actively grow about 90 percent of their acreage and they harvest the remainder. They also planet three seedlings for every tree that has been harvested.

According to Oklahoma State University, Christmas trees also remove a great amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Christmas trees also produce enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe every year.

And once the holidays are over, trees are not taken to landfills but they are mulched by community recycling programs around the country.

So remain nestled and snug, let the visions of sugarplums dance-on, and revel in the environmental benefits of our holiday traditions


This article is brought to you by our partners at RYOT. Click here to view the original article on RYOT.org

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