They look green. But appearances can be deceiving. The average Christmas tree takes eight years to grow, absorbs 32 pesticide applications, requires diesel fuel to be transported, plastic netting to hold it in place on tree lots, and then after a maximum of four weeks in use gets delivered to a landfill to decompose. True, some trees are grown organically, cut down locally and composted, but the majority are more likely green from the paint that’s been sprayed on to make them a little darker. The ladder on the other hand is still at work, changing light bulbs (energy efficient ones, of course) and replacing smoke alarm batteries.
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