O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
it’s time to celebrate and decorate thee,
But should I pick a real or fake one,
because making a health choice and being green are key.
Artificial trees can be reused each year,
but have an unnatural, vinyl stench.
Real trees are a good choice,
but the pesticide-use might make you quench.
So which one is the healthier,
and the greener pick for thee?
Read below to learn more about
the difference between a real and fake tree.
Trees are the centerpiece of celebrations
so the right one will surely help your holidays shine with glee!
Every holiday season you ask the same question: Is it better to get a real or fake Christmas tree? While there is no crystal clear answer to this debate, most people would agree that real trees are the better and safer choice for your health and the environment. If you opt for a real tree, you can help to limit its environmental impact by: buying locally; buying from an organic farm and then recycling the tree into mulch or composting it.
Some might argue that artificial trees are better because they are re-used every year and thus don’t generate the waste of their real counterparts. But with artificial you’re replacing that lovely pine scent with the not-so-lovely scent of PVC (non-renewable, petroleum-derived plastic). Some artificial Christmas trees also contain lead.
If you do want to purchase an artificial tree, then try to find one made locally, which greatly decreases the chances for contamination with lead or other toxins. When getting rid of it, check with local charities, shelters and churches to see if they can use it. Most recycling programs do not accept them, and they’ll take many centuries to degrade in landfills.
Other fun alternatives to traditional trees are:
- decorating an indoor plant
- designating an existing outdoor tree as your Christmas tree
- Christmas tree wall hanging- Simple to hang and ultra slick to store, some can even be lit
- Christmas tree made out of recycled cardboard- check out: Recycled Christmas tree
Wishing you and your family Happy Decorating!
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