Real Tree vs. Fake Tree?

Real Tree

As the holidays draw near and everyone is busy decorating, we can’t ignore this very controversial question that comes up as we out up our Christmas trees. Which tree is more sustainable for the environment? The artificial Christmas tree? or the real deal?

There have been many great arguments on both sides: “Natural trees are renewable where as artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead” (Jessica Hodkinson) Vs. “Artificial Christmas trees are an excellent option during the holiday season, as they can be safer than conventional Christmas trees” ( However, when it comes down to it, according to the American Christmas Tree Association,

“ACTA encourages responsible consumerism,” said Warner. “Consumers should consider the impact on the environment for every item they purchase, not just Christmas trees.”

That sounds like something we can all agree on right?

Here are some great sites to look at so you all can decide for yourself:

So which do YOU think is greener? Post your comment below and let us know what you think!


Real Tree vs. Fake Tree? — 3 Comments

  1. I like real trees because tree farms are low impact open space, provide havens and homes for wildlife, and are a renewing resource that also clean our air. In addition, Tree farms employ local people, some of whom may be laid off from their landscaping jobs in the warmer months, and allow them to continue working longer into the year.

    My vote: REAL TREE!

  2. Our family has finally made the switch from a real tree to the artificial tree. We looked into the storage of the tree as well as the use of the real trees when they are discarded each year. Part of our decision was made by the number of real trees that we see thrown on the side of the road each year with tinsel and garland still attached – some fell out of the garbage trucks. Due to the decorations left on the trees, areas that mulch them will not have clean mulch for our gardens either, so this was not a good idea. We have decided that saving 20 real trees from destruction was a better choice for our family as well.

  3. Yes you are right Beverly. If we buy one artificial tree that are also manufactured lead free and can be recycled. We can re use it for at least 10 years or so on,it means we save 10 or so original trees from being cut down. It is not a bad idea as we are one of the responsible citizens and can contribute a little to save the environment.

    Artificial Tree

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