Green Christmas?

Christmas is a time to celebrate family, religious traditions, and time-honored customs, like decorating the Christmas tree, sending out Christmas cards, exchanging beautifully wrapped presents, and building warm fires in the fireplace festooned with green and red decorations. However, if you are a tree, it is one of the most terrifying times of the year, similar to what Frosty experiences as winter turns to spring. Looking at Christmas through the eyes of a tree, it becomes crystal clear why they will have a blue, blue Christmas:

Number of Christmas trees cut down each year (US): 34 million
Number of Christmas trees cut down each year (Europe): 50-60 million

Number of trees cut down to make 1 billion Christmas cards each year (UK): 300,000
Number of Christmas cards mailed each year: 4.2 billion (enough to fill a football field almost 16 stories tall)
Number of trees cut down to make 8,000 tons of wrapping paper each year (UK): 50,000
Amount of shopping bags and wrapping paper thrown out each year: 4 million tons
Amount of woodfuel (wood chips and pellets) consumed each year (UK): 1.6 million tons 

For further reading: Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are by Robert Lilienfeld, Ballantine Books (1998). www.greetingcard.org/AbouttheIndustry/tabid/58/Default.aspx. http://planetgreen.discovery.com/feature/planet-100/planet-100-guide-to-a-greener-holiday-season-video-news.htm
http://www.directline.com/home/green-christmas.htm. www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-839EC6


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