Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Franklin, OH, November 25, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Bing Crosby dreams of a snow-covered Christmas of white and Elvis Presley croons of a blue-hued holiday on the radio every December, but now, more than ever before, consumers are shopping for a greener Christmas.

From the gifts themselves to more energy efficient shopping habits, many consumers are trying be to be more environmentally friendly this year. And, as it turns out, one of America’s most cherished holiday traditions is also one of the most environmentally friendly — picking out a real Christmas tree.

“Christmas trees sequester carbon in the soil and produce oxygen to improve air quality, they improve soil quality and reduce erosion to improve water quality, they provide wildlife habitat and they can be recycled for a number of uses that benefit the environment,” said Dave Reese, president of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.

“And, by buying a real Christmas tree from an Ohio farm, you encourage the production of more Christmas trees that continue the cycle of environmental benefits. When it comes to the holidays this year, there is no question that the greenest thing you can do is buy a real Christmas tree.”

By comparison, artificial trees are petroleum-based and manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. Then, the average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

In addition, the PVC plastic used to manufacture artificial trees contains lead and disperses dioxins that can accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and humans. This can potentially cause cancer, damage immune functions and impair children's development.

“Why would anyone put something in their home made from potentially harmful materials in a factory in China when they could have all of the benefits of a beautiful real tree from a local farm?” said Kirsty Wertz, owner of Wertz Family Tree Farm. “Real trees just make sense for Christmas. Artificial trees don’t.”

Plus, getting a real tree gives consumers a nice departure from the congested shopping malls of the season on a beautiful farm in rural Ohio where the environment can truly be enjoyed. If environmental concerns are leaving you blue, come enjoy the white holiday at an Ohio Christmas tree farm, where you’ll have a green, green Christmas.

For more information, visit www.chooseatree.com or call Wertz Family Tree Farm at 937-746-7870.

Wertz Tree Farm
Kirsty Wertz
937 746 7870