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Which is better for the environment ? Fake plastic trees or chopping down Christmas trees every year?

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Willie B. good Profile
Willie B. good answered

The total amount of raw materials it takes to manufacture an artificial tree are far greater than it takes to grow a real one.

Janis Haskell Profile
Janis Haskell answered

The initial impact might be greater for artificial trees, but I've had mine for eleven years.  That would have been eleven trees so far.  (I love real trees, but getting them home and into the house has become too difficult.)

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I guess that's true until a fake one is tossed into the landfill.
I've heard of people using fake branches ( recycling them ) to augment the bushiness of their real tree.Drilling holes and inserting the fake into real trunks.
Levi Fitzsimmons Profile

Most Christmas trees are grown on farms that specifically raise Christmas trees. It's not as if natural forests are being raided for the holidays. These farms also cut trees in such a way that new ones grow back at the cut site.

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

As Janis said, artificial trees take the place of multiple trees because they are reused for multiple years. And environment can be relative. For someone who is allergic, a real tree can make their home environment unbearable.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

The following is from a tree-farmer's website:

I understand the draw to a fake tree; you can use it for several years, the needles don't leave a mess, etc. However, most artificial trees are made from nonrenewable plastics and most have to make the trip all the way from China. Meanwhile, our trees are providing oxygen, storing carbon, creating habitat for wildlife, and when it is cut down, we'll plant another in its place. Also, they're recyclable! Check your local services for tree pick-up or where to take your tree to be recycled into mulch or compost.

Sounds like real trees are the best for the environment.

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One always hears of tragic house fires due to Christmas trees. Do you know if the risk is higher with fake or real trees ?
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Couldn't find any information on that specifically. Both can burn; plastic trees release toxic fumes when they burn.
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Yin And Yang answered

What an interesting topic my friend. Good conversation. Valid points on both sides. I never thought of it till I read everyone's answers. I'll be honest here... I am sitting on the fence. I can't decide yet. πŸ€”

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Tom Jackson commented
Sounds uncomfortable. Now that you know the toiled probably won't fall through the floor, you would probably be more comfortable there.
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πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… GREAT POINT my friend!!!! I will go think on the toilet instead of the fence! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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Taila Nevado answered


This is a very interesting question since both options
have their share of advantages and disadvantages. However, I think that using
fake plastic trees are better since plastic can be recycled. On the other hand,
chopping natural trees down affects the environment negatively and it takes a
long time for another one to grow.

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