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Which Christmas tree is greener: Artificial or real?

Ecotrope | Dec. 20, 2010 3:54 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:43 p.m.

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A new study concludes that real Christmas trees are greener than artificial ones – because the manufactured trees leave a larger carbon footprint than a real tree, and they’re harder to recycle. I enjoyed this New York Times video rundown of the highlights – particularly the graphics they’ve pasted around John Collins Rudolf. Thanks to the Internet, news reporters get to be writers and talking props! Also, a key takeaway: Your choice of Christmas tree has much less environmental impact than your everyday activities.

Sustainable Business Oregon points out today that this report and its conclusions are good news for Oregon tree farms.

I’ve also been meaning to mention two kinds of super-green Christmas trees:

- Christmas trees delivered by bike

- Living Christmas trees

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