Real Christmas Trees Or Fake Ones — Which Are Better For The Planet?

The Christmas tree: it’s a quintessential part of the holiday season. But it turns out not all festive trees are made equal, at least not when it comes to environmental friendliness.

So, which is better for the planet — a freshly cut tree or a fake one?

The short answer, which may come as a surprise to some, is a real tree. But it’s actually more complicated than that. It ultimately depends on a variety of factors, including how far you drive to get your evergreen and how you dispose of it at the end of the holidays and, if you choose an artificial tree, how long you end up using it.

Here’s an explainer on how to make the more Earth-friendly choice this Christmas season:

  1. If you choose an artificial tree, you need to use it for a very long time
  2. Most fake trees are made from toxic, non-recyclable materials
  3. If you’re going to buy artificial, choose domestic
  4. Similarly, if you’re buying a real tree, go local
  5. Real Christmas trees are grown specifically for that purpose
  6. Christmas tree farms can serve as a habitat for local wildlife
  7. Real trees can be composted or recycled

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  1. Vennie Janosek
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