Which Is Better For The Environment? Real or Fake Christmas Trees

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We live in times when everyone is concerned about the environment. Every year millions of Christmas trees are purchased and set up in homes as part of the Christmas decoration. It is a long time tradition that won’t go away in a hurry.

However, in a bid to make our actions more environmental friendly many people are considering buying the fake Christmas trees because they believe these trees are more environmentally friendly. Are they really?

The fake Christmas trees are made from plastic, at least 80% of them are, these trees can add to your carbon footprint too. Now imagine millions of people buying the fake Christmas trees, it can become a disaster. We also consider the distance these synthetic Christmas trees have to be transported before reaching your doorstep. That’s a lot of exposure to the environment.

The studies infer that a fake Christmas tree measuring about 6 feet has a carbon footprint of about 40kg. This is evaluated based on the greenhouse emissions from the product. It is quite high when compared to the real trees cut and used as Christmas trees.

While we frown at the fact that so many real trees will be cut and this can affect the forests, it is such a relief to know that these trees can be recycled after Christmas. Fortunately, many communities have special arrangements to collect all used real Christmas trees for recycling after the festive period.

So, we can confidently advise you to consider buying the real Christmas trees. However, there are some things you should look out for during purchase.

First, confirm the real Christmas tree has been grown locally. This is essential because locally grown Christmas trees can be easily delivered within a short time; hence carbon footprint during delivery is reduced.

A Christmas tree farm in the U.S. state of Oregoמ | Wikipedia

It is also important to check if it is indicated that the tree you are about to buy can be recycled. The trees are mostly chipped during recycling, so it is an environmentally friendly process.

It would help if you also considered buying a real Christmas tree because they absorb carbon dioxide from your environment and help replenish oxygen. This is a normal process with all plants and a good reason to protect our green environment.

Many artificial Christmas trees have been imported from other countries. This is why buying locally grown Christmas trees comes with peace of mind. You are certain that your tree is fresh and will add value to your environment.

From another perspective, some people claim they can keep their fake Christmas trees and reuse them many times, in the coming years. This is possible, but even if you keep the tree for as long as three or four years, there comes a time when it will be discarded, and that becomes a threat to your environment because it is made from non-biodegradable plastic.

So, this Christmas, consider buying a real Christmas tree. Fortunately, these trees can be purchased from your local stores. You can either buy the potted Christmas trees, which come in different sizes or larger versions. It is also possible to buy and erect a real Christmas tree in front of your home. Bothered about the size? No problems. Simply find the local services that have been set up to collect these trees after the festive period for recycling.

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