For many people, the Christmas season is the most important time of the year. Lights are hung from houses, holiday decorations start to appear practically everywhere, and many homeowners set out to find that perfect Christmas tree.
Every year, 95 million families in America put up a Christmas tree and people are debating the positives and negatives of a real vs. fake Christmas tree.
But when it comes to real versus fake, what is the most environmentally-friendly tree you can get?
According to Mr. Green at the Sierra Club, real Christmas trees are better for the environment and often for your health than fake Christmas trees. The belief that real trees cause deforestation is false. Real Christmas trees are farmed, often on marginal land that can't be used for other purposes. As they grow, the trees will absorb carbon dioxide and other potentially harmful gases from the atmosphere while emitting oxygen. Some experts say Christmas tree farms help stabilize the soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife. If you choose a real tree, make sure to compost it at the end of the holiday season.
When it comes to fake Christmas trees, 85 percent of them are made in China, wrapped in plastic and shipped farther than real trees. Most fake Christmas trees are made of PVC- a plastic which is almost impossible to get recycled because it requires specialist equipment. Fake Christmas trees are non- recyclable even if you have used it for ten years it will end up in landfill once you're done with it. They have three times more impact on climate change than real trees.
It seems real Christmas trees are better for the environment but it depends on how far you drive to get it and how you dispose of it at the end of the holiday season.
Which option will you pick this year?