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real vs. artificial christmas trees

Every year, families from all over, traditionally go out, cut down, and drive home a christmas tree to place presents under. My question: Is it more sustainable to cut down a tree every year, or buy one fake tree that you may have forever.  

Fake trees: They are produced in factories by the thousand every year. chemicals, plastic, metal, and huge delivery trucks are only a few processes. While your not cutting down “wild life” every year, the fake trees, are not able to be broken down if you decide to throw it away.

Real Tree: While they are being grown for 6 years on a lot, they produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. But at the same time, they are sucking nutrients from the surrounding areas to the hundreds of trees on the lot. The trees then must be cut down, and driven by the people purchasing them, and then watered every day to keep them alive for a few weeks or so. 

So which is more sustainable?

Tanner k.

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LED is the future

Every day Americans get closer and closer to becoming more sustainable. However Americans aren’t willing to give up things to be more sustainable. When we go to the grocery store if there is a “green” alternative to what we normally buy, we will most likely purchase it. We won’t give up things like our cars, plastic bags, Christmas trees, or even Christmas lights. Every year millions of households throughout the United States put up Christmas lights. These Christmas light cause electricity usage to surge. This surge allow for our coal power plants (where the majority of our power comes from) to increase production, and therefore increase pollution on our environment. This doesn’t have to happen there is great technology out there that allows for us to be more Eco-friendly these holidays, and benefit us. LED is a somewhat newer technology that uses 90% less energy than traditional Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights also last longer, are safer, more durable, and come in all different colors. They are even sometimes cheaper than regular lights. Yet every year I see people putting up traditional incandescent lights. If only people knew that the benefits of LED lights outweigh the benefits of the old incandescent lights. I am curious to see how many people use LED versus Incandescent light so I will put up a poll shortly, I encourage people to take it so we can see how widely used LED lights are. (To see if u are currently using LED lights check out the link i posted it shows what LED lights look like)

Happy holidays,

Sam G.

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