The time has come to deck the halls, and some of you may be facing the Christmas tree dilemma: real or fake? A 2004 poll by ABC News and The Washington Post found that approximately 60% of Americans use fake trees, mainly because they are cheaper and can be reused.
Still, you may be wondering which is the healthier, more eco-friendly choice when it comes to choosing a tree. Our infographic below explains where both real and fake Christmas trees come from, and how each affect our environment.
Live trees are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, and are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and after making your living room look beautiful, almost 90% are recycled into mulch. For the most part live trees are locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. And the best part: they smell incredible!
Fake Christmas trees are cheap, reusable, and may even come pre-decorated, but they come at a cost to the environment. Fake trees are made of petroleum products, and use up resources in both the manufacturing and shipping process. While they theoretically last forever, fake trees are typically thrown away after a few uses. They then end up in landfills, where their plastic content makes them last forever.
So which should you choose? We recommend going with a real tree. You will be making an eco-friendly decision, and what’s better than the smell of a fresh evergreen?
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