Did you know that at least one study has concluded that, unless you use a fake Christmas Tree for 20 years, it is more environmentally friendly to buy a real tree.
The issue discussed in this “How Green Is Your Tree” article of the NY Times. Here are a few snippets.
The living trees generate oxygen, help fix carbon in their branches and in the soil and provide habitat for birds and animals …
Christmas tree farms also help preserve farmland and green space, particularly near densely populated urban areas where pressure for development is intense.
“It allows people with land that may not be the best farmland to have a crop that they can actually make a profit on, and not be under pressure to sell out to developers,” …
After the holidays, real trees can continue to serve a purpose. New York City, for instance, offers free curbside recycling for trees, which are turned into compost. The city’s parks department also provides a free mulching service for trees at several locations after the holidays. In 2009, nearly 150,000 trees were composted or mulched in the city.
It’s an interesting article, but we primarily have used an artificial tree for its longevity during the season. Our tree is up for well over a month, which does not strike us like a good idea for a real tree. We have also used our trees for a long time but not 20 years, however. On the other hand, the two trees that we jettisoned in about three decades were sent on to other users and not dumped into the nearest landfill.
Nevertheless, if you are using a real tree, you are doing a good thing.
What do you do, and why?