Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

Has anyone else ever had the thought that chopping down a living tree doesn’t seem like an environmentally friendly thing to do? Whether for our Christmas needs or for making paper, all the talk about how chopping down trees has an effect on our world and the way it functions has made some people re-think their holiday decorations. HOWEVER, have you ever thought about fake trees, and the effect that they have on our world and the way it functions? If you think about it from this perspective, you will see that it’s not so much about what the tree is made of (whether you prefer a fake tree or a real tree)—it’s about the effect that both options have on the environment.

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

How Fake Christmas Trees Affect the Environment

An artificial tree offers a long-term solution to holiday decorating and can also be easier on your wallet over time. However, consider that artificial trees are generally replaced every 7-10 years (if not more frequently than that), then tossed in a landfill where they live forever. More than 80% of artificial trees are imported from China and are made from materials that take years on end to decompose. So, while they do have some benefits, fake Christmas trees, in the long run, are not good for the environment and simply add to the ever-growing issue of materials that will take hundreds of years to decompose being tossed into landfills bigger than most of our neighborhoods and subdivisions.

The Real Way

When Christmas trees are harvested and taken to tree lots and garden centers like ourselves,1-3 new trees are planted per harvested tree in order to maintain a constant supply. So, the tree population is not reduced due to Christmas tree farming! In fact, it is maintained, protected, and in many cases increased!

Tree farms are usually in areas where the land is unsuitable for other purposes. Because Christmas trees are hardy, they can be planted on barren slopes and grow underneath power lines. More than 500,000 acres in the U.S. are devoted to Christmas tree production. One acre of a tree farm provides enough oxygen for 18 people. Now that's a lot of oxygen!

Real trees are an all-natural, renewable source. Most trees are harvested after 8-12 years. They often require pesticides and chemical fertilizers during this time, but while the trees are growing they absorb carbon dioxide. Each year, an acre of Douglas Fir can absorb 11,308 lbs of carbon dioxide. Can your fake Christmas tree do that??

Once the holiday season has come to a close, real Christmas trees can be dropped off at several different locations throughout the City of Fort Collins. These trees will then be recycled into mulch and used for reclamation projects, natural areas, hiking trail maintenance, and so many other purposes. With the 25-30 million real Christmas trees that are sold each year, imagine all the good that recycling all those trees can do??

Not Convinced Yet?

Swing by and take a look at all of the beautiful fresh-cut Christmas trees at Bath Garden Center. Once you walk through the rows upon rows of elegant evergreens and take in the aroma of fresh pine, there is no way you will be able to resist the allures of a real tree!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out! We are happy to assist in any way we can.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!!

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