real or fake christmas tree - what is greener?

Fake or Real Christmas Tree: Which is the Greener Choice?

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During this year, when we’ve seen the climate change crisis peak, it’s come to our attention that we’re not doing enough for the environment. Protests have broken out across the world and many of us have been trying to do more whether that’s by recycling, cutting down on plastic or using our cars less. We’ve made some progress, but there’s still a very long way to go, and with the Christmas season coming up, it’s important that we don’t forget to think of how our decisions will impact the world around us.

During December, the majority of us will be getting ready for the holidays which means decorating our homes and, of course, putting up a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, many people don’t realise how harmful Christmas trees are for the environment. When it comes to deciding whether a fake or real Christmas tree is better for the environment, the opinions are split pretty much down the middle. Surely buying a real tree is better for the environment? But what about all the land that’s been taken up by Christmas tree farms? And isn’t a plastic tree more reusable? If you don’t choose a tree wisely to ensure you’re making a worthwhile purchase, it can be extremely wasteful. To put it into perspective, one plastic bottle takes around 450 years to decompose, so imagine how long it would take for a 6 ft plastic tree to decompose! That’s why we’re here to help you make a more mindful decision when choosing a tree this holiday season. This infographic created by the team at Mainland Aggregates looks at the environmental impact of both fake and real Christmas trees to give our verdict on which has the smaller carbon footprint.

Should you buy a fake or real Christmas tree? Check out the infographic on Plastic or Real Christmas Tree to find out more!

Also read our guides about what's best in terms of filtered water vs tap water vs bottled water and how to chose the best water filter for you.

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