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How to Find Non-toxic Christmas Trees

How to Find a Non-toxic Artificial Christmas Tree

Until recently, artificial Christmas trees were cut from compressed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets. Now there’s a newer technology that allows manufacturers to create branch tips that are made from injection-molded polyethylene (PE) plastic using copies of live tree needles.

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Lead and PVC in Christmas Lights Go Together Like Bonnie and Clyde

Lead and PVC in Christmas Lights Go Together Like Bonnie and Clyde

We learned a lot about PVC and lead last year in our research on artificial Christmas trees.  The toxic couple made yet another grand appearance as we turned our attention to Christmas lights this season.  It turns out that lead is specifically chosen as the main stabilizer in the PVC casing used on the electrical […]

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Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees: Not an Obvious Answer

Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees: Not an Obvious Choice

At first glance, artificial Christmas trees seem to make more sense as a long-term solution when considering cost, ease of use and the reusability factor.   Artificial trees actually have some eye appeal these days, as compared to the days when they were manufactured by a toilet brush company. Cutting down a living tree seems like […]

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