Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thinking Green

Every year for the last sixteen that we have been in Maine, we trudge through the snow in December at Holmes tree farm, searching for the perfect Christmas Tree. In my opinion, Christmas wouldn't be the same without the live, wonderfully fragrant, Balsam Pine tree we bring into our home each year. Is cutting your own tree or purchasing a cut tree eco-friendly? According to Jeff Olson, the vice-president of marketing and development for American Forests, a Washington, D.C. based conservation nonprofit, nearly all of the trees sold at Christmas tree lots are grown on tree farms. So you can rest assured that forests aren't hurt by choosing a cut tree. Why not begin a new tradition this year by supporting local agriculture and visiting a local tree farm for your Christmas Tree. You can find farms at localharvest.org. After the holidays, many towns offer to turn trees into compost or wood chips for free. Check the earth911.com website for a list of recycling centers near you. And have fun decking the halls of your home! 

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