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Artificial vs. The Real Thing: How to Buy a Christmas Tree

“Approximately 33 million real Christmas trees are sold in North America each year, according to the U.S. EPA. Luckily, about 93 percent of those trees are recycled through more than 4,000 available recycling programs” -Earth 911

Sandy Creek— With Christmas just 23 days away, deciding what type of Christmas tree you would like might be on the top of your list. ABC50 spoke with Michele Forsyth owner of Hemlock Haven Christmas Tree Farm, who has been growing trees for over 12 years.

 

According to earth911, although there are millions of Christmas trees cut down yearly- there are benefits:

 

“Approximately 33 million real Christmas trees are sold in North America each year, according to the U.S. EPA. Luckily, about 93 percent of those trees are recycled through more than 4,000 available recycling programs”

 

The National Christmas Tree Association states that 30.8 million real trees are purchased yearly verses fake trees at 9.5 million. The retail value of real trees are at $1.07 billion verses $670 billion on fake trees. This breaks down to an average of $34.87 spent on real trees verses $70.55 spent on artificial trees.

 

Mrs. Forsyth told ABC50 that 45 percent of consumers prefer artificial trees verses 55 percent rather purchase real trees. Not only does Mrs. Forsyth and her husband run and own their business Hemlock Haven Christmas Tree Farm, they are both Sandy Creek Fire Fighters.

 

Mrs. Forsyth confronted the issue of safety and avoiding potential fires in the home, “A well watered tree is not a fire hazard. Please keep them well watered and away from a heat source.”

 

For those that are conflicted and unsure of whether or not to purchase a real tree or an artificial tree, can always evaluate the positive and negatives of both. Consumers might want to shop around and looking at artificial trees. Then, one can always swing by Hemlock Haven Christmas Tree Farm for the real tree experience. A real tree in the home has the benefits of the pine tree sent, bringing fond memories of childhood Christmas memories.

 

For real Christmas trees visit


Hemlock Haven Christmas Tree Farm:

 

460 County Route 22A

Sandy Creek, NY 13145

(315) 387-5553

 



 

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