Christmas Trees: Real vs Artificial
Should we purchase an artificial tree or a real one this year?
The great debate happens every year. Let us offer our viewpoint on why a real tree is the only way to go.
- Treecyling. The ability to recycle a real Christmas tree and return it to the earth in the form of compost is the leading reason why these trees are more environmentally friendly than the plastic variety. According to the U.S. EPA, about 93% of the 33 million real Christmas trees sold in the United States each year are recycled.
- Sustainability. Growers must use sustainable farming techniques to ensure a healthy supply of Christmas trees every year. For each tree harvested, one to three seedlings are planted the following spring to allow for a healthy supply of trees.
- Natural Beauty. Imagine walking into your home this Christmas season to breathe in that divine evergreen scent of a fresh-cut tree. The natural beauty, the scent and even the feel of a real Fraser Fir tree create a warm, homey atmosphere during the holidays.
Now, consider the negative environmental impact of an artificial tree. Typically manufactured with metal and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a non-biodegradable and petroleum-derived plastic, artificial trees are non-recyclable and will sit in landfills for centuries after disposal. Many older varieties may even contain lead, used as a stabilizer in the manufacturing process. Plus, around 85% of these trees are shipped from China adding to the overall environmental footprint.
If that’s not enough to convince you, take one look at the beautiful trees at Ruby Christmas Trees and it will become clear: Real trees are far superior to their artificial counterparts.
You can enjoy the fragrance and beauty of a Fraser Fir Christmas tree through the holiday season. Join our family of fresh Christmas tree owners and start experiencing all the joys and traditions of owning a real Christmas tree every year. Order your Christmas tree from Ruby Christmas Tree today.