Environmentalists to holiday tree buyers: Go green

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Indiana Christmas tree buyers are being urged to go green this holiday season.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says residents can help the environment and the economy by buying Indiana-grown Christmas trees instead of artificial ones.

IDEM spokesman Dan Goldblatt tells The Star Press that real trees can be recycled and continue to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen even after they're cut as long as they have fresh water.

Tree grower Bob Beavers says real trees also can be recycled as mulch or placed outdoors to serve as habitats for wildlife. They also retain moisture that can make them less dangerous in a fire.

Environmental groups say artificial trees usually wind up in landfills after several years and aren't biodegradable.

Information from: The Star Press 

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