REAL VS FAKE; WHICH CHRISTMAS TREE IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
Are you unable to decide which Christmas tree to go for, wondering whether a fake Christmas tree would be better for the environment or the real one? Here’s the answer - Real!
How? Isn’t cutting trees bad for the environment?
Here are a list of reasons why buying a real tree is better than a fake one, and how it helps the environment.
Firstly, the festive spirit that a real Christmas tree brings to the house with its fresh smell of wood and pine needles is irreplaceable. The tradition isn’t just about decorating the Christmas tree but also getting it, it’s a fun activity, going to the farm and picking the tree with family or friends.
They are a sustainable crop, like corn and are also grown on farms on a large scale; therefore, there’s no longer need to cut down the forests for Christmas trees. Farmers balance the planting and harvesting, by planting a new seedling in place of the tree that is harvested, to protect the environment. They are grown on rolling hills which are not suitable for other crops. Buying real trees helps keep the farm business going, making the local economy strong. And of course are biodegradable and recyclable.
On the other hand, artificial trees are cheap and reusable; but they have 3 times the impact on climate change and resource depletion. They are mostly made from plastic and steel, particularly PVC – a non recyclable plastic; and are shipped from China. Producing and shipping them requires a lot of energy. Artificial trees are not recyclable and often end up filling landfills. PVC is heavy in chlorine content, which means dioxins are released during the manufacturing, burning or land filling of PVC. Exposure to dioxins can cause developmental, reproductive and other health problems.
In conclusion, the most environmental friendly Christmas tree would be a locally grown tree. And if one must buy an artificial tree, then they should at least reuse it for 8 – 10 years to reduce its impact on the environment.
Sources: realsimple.com, nature.org, goingzerowaste.com