Americans have mixed opinions about real and artificial Christmas trees, and everyone has an opinion.
Here’s a comparison of both kinds of trees – with the pros of each – to help you decide:
Real Christmas trees
- smell better
- family fun time cutting down the tree
- helps support Christmas tree farms
- more easily recycled than artificial trees
- do not contain plastics that may contribute to indoor air pollution
- less expensive
- easier to set up and take down
- more durable
- less messy
Which is better for the environment?
The manufacturing and shipping of artificial trees causes a much larger carbon footprint than the cutting down of a real tree, especially when one considers that 98% of the real trees used in the United States were grown on tree farms and not cut from the wild. If an artificial tree will be kept and used in place of a real tree for 12-20 years (depending on size), then the carbon footprint may become even. When it comes to indoor air quality, artificial trees may contain plastics that can contribute to indoor air pollution and may trigger respiratory symtpoms in sensitive people. Real trees that aren’t properly watered or that are kept in a heated environment for too long may dry out and become a fire hazard.
So what’s your pleasure – real or artificial?