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Amidst the stress of the pandemic, our jobs, and the challenges within our society, let’s talk about something we can all agree on – Christmas! There’s nothing like sitting on your couch with your favorite holiday beverage and admiring your Christmas decor. Between the quality time with family, the beautifully trimmed tree, the twinkling lights, and the little traditional trinkets you look forward to seeing each season, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
But did you know that there are several eco-friendly options you can implement into your Christmas decor this year? If you haven’t started decorating for Christmas and you feel personally connected to positively impacting the environment, consider adding an eco-friendly tree into your home this year! Let us tell you more about some options.
Who says a Christmas tree has to be traditional? The beauty of a Christmas tree is that it can come in a multitude of sizes, colors, shapes, and styles. Millions of people have a Christmas tree in their homes during the holidays, and it is so exciting to see different styles and cultures represented.
This year, there are lots of exciting varieties of Christmas trees that are not only unique and fun but also eco-friendly.
With all of these new, innovative ideas for Christmas trees, we have to ask ourselves, which ones are the most eco-friendly? While Christmas is just one time of the year, it is an important season to reflect on our choices and how we can give to others, including the environment.
An article from Morning Consult states that, in 2020, 75% of Christmas trees in homes were artificial. That begs the question, are artificial trees more eco-friendly than real trees? You’d be surprised at the debate surrounding this question. Many people think that reusing artificial trees is the more sustainable option to save from cutting down so many real trees, while others argue that real trees provide far more nutrients to the environment and they decompose naturally. So, what is true?
It is very thoroughly explained in an article by Earth Friendly Tips that, above all other options, live trees are the most eco-friendly option. Real trees would be considered the next best option followed by some of the unique ones listed above, such as book tree, bottle tree, driftwood tree, and wine cork tree, which can all be recycled or reused. Artificial trees would be the least eco-friendly of all the ones mentioned.
Artificial trees are made from a variety of materials, including various metals, plastics, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which require quite a bit of resources and energy to produce. Additionally, traces of lead can be found in PVC and/or the paint used on a fake tree – none of which you want around your children or grandchildren.
Recycling an artificial tree can also be extremely difficult. According to a study by the New York Times, to maximize its impact on the environment, an artificial tree should be used for 10-20 years. If you do have an artificial tree in your home, there’s no problem with that! Just be sure to use it for as many years as you can. If you feel the need to upgrade your tree, consider gifting your artificial tree to someone else rather than throwing it out or recycling it.
Live trees, on the other hand, are by far the most eco-friendly trees for the Christmas season. So, what’s the difference between a live and a real tree?
Live trees can be purchased from your local tree farm with the root ball still attached. The remaining root will allow the tree to be replanted at the conclusion of the holiday season, continuing to provide nutrients and oxygen to the environment. Perfect!
If you are unable to obtain a live tree, you also can’t go wrong with a real tree from one of your local farms. Many people argue that cutting down a Christmas tree is harmful to the environment, but in fact, a few new trees (usually 4-5) are planted for each one that is cut. In addition, during the duration of the tree’s life as it grows to an adequate height for selling, the tree provides the environment with wonderful nutrients and it gives a home for birds and other wildlife.
There are a number of locally-based locations where you can purchase the perfect, eco-friendly Christmas tree. Shopping locally is our recommended option! You’re not only supporting your local Columbus neighbors, but you’re also cutting back on carbon emissions from a longer drive. Don’t wait too long though! Trees will sell out very quickly this year as a result of COVID restrictions. It is advised to check these local tree farms’ websites or Facebook pages before making the trip just to ensure they are still selling products.
Rest assured that when the holidays are over, you have several options to properly dispose of your tree. Check out our January 2020 blog for some specifics.