26 November 2007
Choosy treehuggers choose plastic
Or so it seems:
Last year, 28.6 million real Christmas trees were sold in the United States at an average price of $40.50, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Americans also bought 9.3 million fake trees at an average price of $68.
Well, of course. Real trees don't have any resale value, except perhaps to someone with a woodburning stove.
(Via Bitter Bitch.)
Posted at 11:03 AM to Common Cents
Fascinating. I wonder how many of the real trees were bought with a root bulb and then replanted after the holiday season. Not many, I imagine. I hope they were at least chopped down into mulch.
On the other hand, they're probably better for the landfills than most of the stuff that ends up there.
I don't know of too many communities that send the old (real) Christmas trees to the landfill; it seems all the places I've lived or visited pick them up and mulch them - and then either sell or give the mulch back to the residents for landscaping.
That said? I have a little fake Christmas tree. The nice thing about it is I don't have to take down and put up the lights on it every year (I just leave them on), and I can stow the thing in my guest room closet when the holidays are over. I think I paid about $50 for it, but since I've been using it for 8 years now, that amortizes out pretty nicely.