Why Buy a Real Tree?
Why buy a real Christmas tree?
Real Tree Versus Artificial Tree
Real trees are bio-degradable; artificial trees are non bio-degradable.
Real trees are a renewable resource; the production of artificial trees uses large quantities of liquid fossil fuel – which is a non renewable resource. A large majority of artificial Christmas trees are made in countries where there are currently very few environmental controls on emissions of noxious gases.
Real Christmas trees have a very small associated carbon footprint; artificial trees create a substantial carbon footprint due to the use of fossil fuels in their production coupled with the majority having to be transported half way around the world.
A study carried out by Ellipso, Feb 2009 concludes…. ‘The natural tree is a better option than the artificial tree, in particular with respect to impacts on climate change and resource depletion.’ To put things into perspective the CO2 emitted by the two different trees would mean you have to ‘increase the life span of the artificial tree to over 20 years’ to balance the carbon foot print of the two options.
Real trees are a safe, natural product; If burnt an artificial tree will produce noxious gases.