Some Christmas trees are worse for the environment than you may think, and it might be a surprise which kind of tree is the worst
Every year, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, tree lots are set up, and trees are dragged out of the basement in order to be decorated. It is often debated whether real trees or artificial trees are better, and what the benefit is of both options.
Having a real Christmas tree is always a priority for many because they look better and fill the house with a fresh pine scent that cannot be replicated by anything else. There is also the thrill of either going to a tree farm and searching to find the perfect tree, or going to a tree lot and picking out the best one there is to offer.
While having a real pine or spruce tree has long been tradition, people have shied away in recent years due to environmental fears. Tree prices have increased, while sales have declined due to the fear of cutting down trees.
Recent studies have found that the opposite is actually true. According to Climate Kids at NASA, real trees are actually better for the environment than fake trees. Even though trees are getting cut down, large amounts are planted each year, and they grow for up to twelve years. Artificial trees will eventually end up in a landfill, while real Christmas trees can be recycled and turned into mulch.
A growing trend in recent years has been buying an artificial Christmas tree that can last for over a decade. People do this because it’s more convenient, can be a lot less expensive in the long run, or because it is easier than having to take care of a real tree. Artificial trees can be easily stored, and can save multiple hours each year through bypassing the time spent picking out a real tree.
While many people will say that real trees look a lot better, it is hard to tell the difference between a nice artificial tree, and a real tree. If kept for many years, artificial trees are a lot more inexpensive than going out and buying a new tree every year. It is often a family tradition to decorate the Christmas tree, and many memories will be missed if families do not go and pick out a real tree.
Between all of the differences and similarities of the two trees, the only one that will have a strong impact, is the environmental factors behind the trees. Real trees being better for the environment separate them from fake trees, making them the better choice for Christmas.
All kinds of real trees can be bought with sizes ranging from a “Charlie Brown” tree to one that’s so large it reaches over ten feet. Having a traditional tree is one of the best parts of Christmas, but there is no feeling equal to the one gotten when a perfectly unique tree is picked out.