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Christmas: Natural or artificial tree?

Since Christmas is approaching and we have started decorating our homes, there is the dilemma of what to choose-artificial or natural tree?

Since Christmas is approaching and we have started decorating our homes, there is the dilemma of what to choose-artificial or natural tree? The answer depends on many factors some of which we will mention below.

Footprint

First of all we need to analyze a very important term footprint, which is the impact of our actions on the planet. In other words, the footprint is the calculation of the kilometres we travel by transport, our food consumption, our lifestyle and our habits.

But how does the footprint relate to Christmas?

When someone chooses to buy a new natural tree every year they may think that it will add a touch of freshness to the house, smell like a forest and of course not have the problem of storing it after the holidays are over. Others think it is more eco-friendly because it is a natural product while the artificial tree is made of PVC or PE-Plastic or 100% plastic.

Is it really more ecological?

In order to be able to evaluate what is more ecological we need to take into account some factors. Certainly using large quantities of plastic to produce Christmas trees in so many different versions and colours has a large ecological footprint. This is due to the energy consumption both during their production and during their transport to the countries and resale shops. The natural tree was planted with the main purpose of being cut and used at the time. However, it is highly likely that pesticides and insecticides were applied during its cultivation. In addition, in order to reach our home, a natural tree had to travel some kilometres from the place of production and this translates into a footprint.

What should we choose?

Of course the answer is different for each of us, mainly because we do not all have the same financial situation or even ecological awareness. Furthermore, certain factors in choosing a tree also depend on how far we will travel to buy a tree, how long we intend to use it and how we plan to dispose of it. So we need to compare the basic similarities and differences between our two choices.

Artificial tree

 

 

  • Can be reused
  • No need to cut down trees
  • Often covered with flammable substances
  • After their end of use they end up in landfills

 

 

Natural tree

 

  • Can be recycled
  • New trees are planted in place of felled trees
  • Insecticides may have been applied
  • Used only once

 

 

 

 

As we can observe, the answer is not so simple. What do you choose? Find the article’s post on social media and tell us what you think!

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