real vs. artificial christmas trees

Every year, families from all over, traditionally go out, cut down, and drive home a christmas tree to place presents under. My question: Is it more sustainable to cut down a tree every year, or buy one fake tree that you may have forever.  

Fake trees: They are produced in factories by the thousand every year. chemicals, plastic, metal, and huge delivery trucks are only a few processes. While your not cutting down “wild life” every year, the fake trees, are not able to be broken down if you decide to throw it away.

Real Tree: While they are being grown for 6 years on a lot, they produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. But at the same time, they are sucking nutrients from the surrounding areas to the hundreds of trees on the lot. The trees then must be cut down, and driven by the people purchasing them, and then watered every day to keep them alive for a few weeks or so. 

So which is more sustainable?

Tanner k.


4 Responses so far »

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    samgressett said,

    I would say cutting a christmas tree is more sustainable. I say that because, you have to take the amount of people that purchase a permit and go cut a tree by themselves. They are cutting the trees doing something that the forest service already does by thinning out the forest.

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    digitaldrag0n said,

    real trees are more sustainable, think about the amount of oil that goes into producing that plastic tree and all the harmful chemicals. Only oil that is going into the real tree is the amount of gas used to go pick it up and then take when its thrown away or recycled.

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    alexwallaert said,

    As a Christmas tree grower i feel that real trees are more sustainable. Christmas trees in estacada alone grow enough oxygen for all of oregon. They also provide jobs for people all year round, which is pretty important since jobs are so hard to find now. 80 percent of fake trees are all grown in China. But thats just my opinion.

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    matt z said,

    I would also agree that using real trees is more sustainable. Most of the time these trees are grown on farmland for the sole purpose of being someone’s Christmas tree, its not as if anyone can come across a tree in the forest and cut it down. But then again, this farmland is only made possible by the clearing of natural forest and could perhaps serve a more useful purpose as a grower of food. Or just left as it is..

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