National Trends Affecting the Real Christmas Tree Industry

National Trends to Watch

There are some trends going on overall which some believe will impact the way growers will grow trees and the way retailers will have to sell them.  These trends are being driven not just by the 70+ million Gen Y’ers we’ve all been watching for years, but also by empty nest boomers. Much of it also is being driven by the economy and housing bust of 2008-2013. While nobody likes change, NCTA is optimistic that the Christmas tree industry can study these trends and position itself for tremendous growth in 10-15 years.

National Trends NCTA is watching: urbanization; renter-ship; retail and residential co-existing; decline of car culture; fresh & local, and the shift away from brick & mortar.

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Real Christmas Trees are the Best Choice
Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment
While they're growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn't support other crops. See what the experts say about Real Christmas Trees.

Real Christmas Trees Are Renewable
Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable
Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Learn about the many ways that Real Christmas Trees are being recycled and reused in communities nationwide.

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