Christmas Trees: Fresh or Artificial?
Here we are again, Christmas Season. The debate over buying real vs. artificial Christmas trees is a thing again. Which one should you go with? Here’s Rebecca’s tips.
“Plastic trees, they’re giant green toilet bowl brushes” -Rick Dungey, spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Association
Buying real trees helps support small local farmers, and at the end of the holiday season, the trees can be mulched up and used to feed plants or for some other environmentally friendly purpose.
Those real trees have pest problems and are usually grown with pesticides that are toxic to wildlife and, in some cases, to people. The most commonly used pesticide is Roundup, which is toxic to some birds and fish and was recently discovered to be toxic to human cells due to all the inert ingredients used.
“Real trees require water,” -Jami Warner, head of the American Christmas Tree Association
They’re affordable, reusable and convenient.There are also people who say that artificial Christmas trees look “too perfect” to be real. In any case, many testify that their artificial trees appeal to even the most scrutinizing of relatives.
All that budget decorating comes at a cost to the environment. Fake trees are made from the plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and the toxic chemical dioxin is released during PVC production. PVC contains hormone-disrupting plastic softeners called phthalates. And many fake trees have been found to be contaminated with lead. In fact, many of them come with a warning label advising you to wash your hands after handling them to prevent ingestion of the brain-damaging metal. Does that sound like something you want in your living room? And the plastic tree can’t be recycled should you decide to ditch it for a newer model.
In conclusion, it remains a matter of preference. Both can only smell, look and feel as festive as the household it belongs to.