Abandoned Christmas trees could be saved from landfill and turned into paint and food sweeteners (via _Alicja_/Pixabay)
Think twice before throwing away this year’s Christmas tree.
The traditional evergreen conifer makes a great canvas for garlands, baubles, tinsel, and candy canes.
But once dumped in a landfill, the tree’s hundreds of thousands of pine needles take ages to decompose, and emit huge quantities of greenhouses gases into the atmosphere.
Instead, the chemicals extracted from processed pine needles could be turned into useful products like paint and food sweeteners, according to new data from the University of Sheffield.