Dozing polar bear, Indianapolis Zoo

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Help the googlers find organic Christmas trees

Given recent google queries, it may be time to rerun last year's post about pesticides and Christmas trees (complete with video showing neat but carbon-intensive means of harvesting.) I've only had time to do a little bit of update research, but as far as I can tell, organic Christmas trees are still as rare as they were last year. My organic Christmas tree will be a small tree that needs to be cleared from my yard in Montana to create defensible fire space, but not everyone has an overage of conifers in their front yard.

Anyone have any leads for your area? Drop them in the comments, please. (And if you want to poll your readers for leads, it would be really nice to have something to offer the googlers.)

Here's a page with a few sources.


Lewis said...

Ours is fake! Faux, I say!

Katrina said...

Just because someone isn't marketing their trees as organic doesn't mean that they aren't.

Some other info:
Though tree farms aren't as good as natural forests they're still better than a parking lot or mall.
For every tree cut a tree farm will plant 2-3 trees.
Cut trees are recyclable - some are chipped for paths in parks, or if you toss them in the woods they provide a good habitat for rodents.
False trees are primarily (only, to my knowledge) made in China.
False trees are made from petroleum, and are shipped from China - more petroleum.
False trees are not recyclable.
False trees emit toxic or acrid smoke when burned.
False tree are flammable, while most real trees are not (pitch pine excluded) - Cornell did some studies in the 1990s on real v. false trees.

By buying a real tree you're also supporting a local farm, and therefore your local economy.