First off I wanted to let you know that I got most of my information from Live Green Twin Cities. All Direct quotes will be in Italics.
Lets start his off by saying I have a artificial Christmas tree. I bought it off Craigslist for $35.00 and saved it from a land field. A few branches are a little saggy but nothing a little thread won’t fix. Secondly I sold my little 6 ft artificial tree that I bought 7 years ago on Craigslist for $5.00. Here is my little tree from last year.
So what is the green choice for a Christmast tree? I honestly didn’t know, until I did some research and then I have to admit I was a little surprised.
So lets get right too it “The short answer is: The real tree is the better choice for the environment. The long answer is, like most green decisions, it’s nuanced.” As for the why that is a little more complicated.
Artificial Trees~ They seem like a good idea right? I thought so too, they are reused year after year and that part is great. However according to Accociated Content the average life span of an artificial tree is only 6 years. Wow I had mine for 7 and then sold it to someone else to use. Not to mention most trees are made out of PVC and manufactured in China or some other country equally as far away. Then they have to be shipped clear over here for sale. On top of all they can not be recycled and they dont’ decompose. So if you want a fake tree here are the highlights.
Don’t buy new, search second hand stores, Craigslist, Freecycle and other resources for a used one. This will save you money too!
When your ready for a new tree sell yours dont’ throw it away.
If you have an artificial tree, keep using it till its dead.
Cut Christmas Trees~Depending on how and where they are grown these too can have a lot of negative impact. However most Christmas trees are grown on tree farms, not in the wild and after they are cut a new tree is immediately planted. This is a good thing. The good news is that most cities have a recycling (mulching) program offered for your Christmas trees and they are biodegradable. So if you want to go this route here are some hints:
- Buy local
- Ask about their farming practices
- “recycle” your tree when your done
- The best option would be to buy one with roots and plant it when your done.
So there you have it, what do you think?