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REAL OR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE: WHICH IS MORE ECO-FRIENDLY?

by Yohann Kopp on November 10, 2020
It would be fairly easy to believe that artificial Christmas trees are more ecological than natural ones (which are after all real trees cut down for a tradition), but the issue is actually a little more complex and has been particularly well documented in recent years.

ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES

Artificial Christmas trees have several disadvantages that make them a very environmentally unfriendly choice: they are made of plastic, a material that is not very eco-friendly, is poorly recyclable and is not biodegradable

What's more, in many cases, the artificial tree was assembled in China, so you have to add to the environmental note the path of the object. 

Not to mention the products that would have escaped controls and in which traces of lead could be found, which is really not advisable for your health.

A study conducted in Canada on the environmental impact of artificial Christmas trees showed that if you opt for such a tree, you will have to keep it for more than 20 years to ensure that its impact on the environment is the same as if you had opted for a natural tree every year.

NATURAL CHRISTMAS TREES

On the other hand, natural Christmas trees have some advantages that are often ignored by consumers. 

Firstly, Christmas trees do not contribute to the deforestation of our planet, as the brands of artificial trees try to make people believe: like all consumer agricultural products, they are grown for this purpose.

For example, our Natureline Nordmann Fir Christmas Trees are sourced from a sustainable farm in Denmark. Madz is our supplier and takes better care of the trees than anyone else.

In the United States alone, 350 million trees grow precisely for this trade and 30 million are cut down each year around Christmas. This means that several tens of millions of trees planted on these farms are used all year round to create a local microcosm: the trees are home to animals and provide a breeding ground for plants. In reality, we are almost the opposite of deforestation: the Christmas tree business finances and maintains fir forests.

 

IN SUMMARY

If you opt for an artificial Christmas tree, you need to get used to the idea that your plastic or polyurethane tree is 10 to 20 years old. Therefore you should invest in a high-cost tree to be sure of the quality.

If you opt for a natural Christmas tree, remember that natural Christmas trees grow specifically for this purpose and have several advantages for the environment. Nor can we deny the pleasure of the smell of our tree, which only serves to strengthen the Christmas spirit at home.

 

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