Make it a green Christmas and join the green holiday movement. Minimize the chance of introducing a new pest or pathogen into your neighborhood by doing one of these three things:
- Cut your own tree from a forest within 10 to 20 miles of your house (with an appropriate permit), or visit a local Christmas Tree farm;
- Buy pre-cut trees and natural wreaths from an established local business, not from a fly-by-night operator selling on the side of the road; and
- Order your wreathes and garlands online from a recognized vendor–not from an unknown person on sites like Ebay or Craigslist that may not be in compliance with important quarantines or regulations.
Why are real trees better?
- Real Christmas trees are typically grown and harvested in the USA or Canada, supporting local (or regional) farms and small businesses.
- Fake Christmas trees are made with PVC and other materials sourced with fossil fuels, while real trees are made mostly out of sunshine, water, and healthy soils.
- Real Christmas trees sequester carbon as they grow, doing their part to slow the process of climate change.
- Real Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch, artificial fish reef, dune stabilizers, or municipal compost.
More Resources on Buying Trees and Decorations:
Christmas Tree Shopping, information on The Nature Conservancy's New York page (but applicable widely)