Living Christmas Tree Brings Benefits Beyond the Holiday Season


Some 34 years ago, Gina and Joe Mistretta brought home a two-foot tall potted Scotch pine for a Christmas tree. Every Christmas season the Mistretta family would bring the tree back inside their home and decorate it for the holidays. This simple act of keeping the same Christmas tree for nearly two generations has possibly made a considerable dent in our environment.

Professor John Bock, director of the CSUF Center for Sustainability, believes that this family tradition has captured at least 1,088 kilograms (or nearly 2,400 pounds) of carbon dioxide — that’s equal to not burning about 1,200 pounds of coal. Continue reading in the Orange County Register.  Bock also commented on the merits of live vs. artificial Christmas trees for this article, also in the OC Register.


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