The old debate about whether to get a fake tree or a real tree comes along every year around this time. For so many years it was about tradition or convenience but now many people are taking the environmental factors into consideration when they start their holiday decorating.
So, if you are concerned about the planet how do you choose? Well, let’s look at the facts:
Real Trees: Trees, Christmas or otherwise, are good for our air. In fact, once acre of Christmas trees produces enough daily oxygen for about 18 people! Christmas tree farms also protect water supplies and provide shelter for many types of animals. Lastly, they can be made into compost and/or mulch when you are through with them. However…. What about the emissions associated with transporting trees? And what happens when people don’t recycle their trees? And lastly, the farms use land and water that could be put to other perhaps better uses.
Fake Trees: These can be a great use for recycled plastic. Fake trees are much better for people with allergies. Also, they don’t present the same fire hazard as real trees do when they dry up and drop their needles. On the other hand… When disposed of they will sit in the landfill for an untold amount of time. And, they have the same emissions issues as real trees because many are made overseas and have to be shipped long distances. More importantly though, fake trees are made from non-renewable resources that can never be replaced.
In the end, it might be a tossup and for sure it’s a very personal decision. But one thing is for sure, you can’t duplicate the fabulous fragrance of a real tree.