The What is Greener discussion of Fresh Cut Christmas Trees versus Artificial Trees has seemed to have stabilized. In my mind, its a wash. A trade-off of pros and cons to the environment appear to be equal.
I prefer to walk my carbon footprint with Santas – used year after year, no lighting required (something both tree types use), and no live option, so it can’t be debated. The only ones in the Christian world who don’t like Santas are the gnomes. They’ll get over it..
You can decide. I wouldn’t bother with a tree at all, but my kids are keen on it and I happen to like those glitzy globs they call ornaments; ornaments have to be hung somewhere.
There are three main considerations and the pros and cons to go with each: CHEMICAL – DISPOSAL – FUEL USE.
REAL Trees – There may be pesticides on the tree. Bringing the tree into the house, bringing pesticides and all.
ARTIFICAL Trees – PVC Plastic (Polyvinyl chloride) and the possible threat of lead from needles.
REAL Trees – Fuel is used to transport trees and driving to purchase.
ARTIFICAL Trees – As the result of manufacturing and delivery.
REAL Trees- Easy to compost or to use elsewhere in the garden such as hides for wildlife and mulch.
ARTIFICIAL Trees – Will never decompose. If you go the route of an artifical tree, plan to hold on to it as long as possible. That will be the best way to Lesson Your Footprint.
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