O Christmas Tree…

December 3, 2020

Tis the season of Christmas decorating. Whenever this time of year comes around the same debate pops up in the eco-living community…

What type of christmas tree is best for the planet ? Real or Fake ?

If you are unsure what kind to tree to get, both sides of the discussion are listed below :

Benefits of fake Christmas trees

– Cost effective, they will save you money over time.

– Fake trees can be reused for up to 10 years

– More convenient, no pine needle mess and need to water

Disadvantages of fake Christmas trees

– They are made from a plastic that is pretty much impossible to recycle so even if you use the same tree all your life it will still sit in landfill for thousands of years

-85% of Christmas trees are shipped over from China releasing high carbon emissions

Benefits of a real Christmas Tree

– Real trees have a lower carbon footprint than plastic made trees even if they are purchased from Europe on industrial scale

– If you purchase your Christmas tree locally you are supporting the community directly around you. The BCTGA website explains where you can find your local Christmas tree farm.

– By purchasing from tree farms you are supporting reforestation and upkeep of forests. One acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people every day.

– Real trees are fully biodegradable. And a top tip : When disposing of your tree, if you have the means, using your tree as firewood reduces its carbon footprint by 80%

Disadvantages of fake Christmas trees

– Live trees can carry pollen and mold which could set of allergies in you or your pets

– It can be a pricey purchase to make, at an already expensive time of year.

Top Tip : Local charities often run ‘tree cycle’ schemes to raise money. They will collect your tree, woodchip it and use it for gardening, compost etc. A local one to our office is run by Mary Stevens Hospice.

What do you think ? Let us know what type will you be having this year ?