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Are Artificial Christmas Trees Better Than Real Ones?

By Edited Jun 18, 2015 0 3

Since many years ago, people have this habit of bringing a pine tree in side their homes for the winter holidays, decorate it with lights and other ornaments and celebrate together with their family. Christmas is that time of year when they have the chance to spend some nice moments together, share gifts and of course, eat and drink a lot, then set New Year resolutions of losing weight.

A few years ago, artificial Christmas trees were not so popular, as people preferred to just cut out a tree from the forest. The Christmas trees industry soon turned out to be quite big, so lots of trees got cut each year. Unfortunately, not all of them were sold, so every Christmas, there's a huge load of trees that serve no purpose, but are just killed and get dried in warehouses.

The global warming warnings and the fear that we might destroy the Earth's balance with our foolish actions such as polluting the waters and the air, destroying the forests or excessive hunting, made some of us to become more conscious about the effects we might have upon our planet. This is how a new trend was born: people are now replacing natural materials with synthetic ones, and they realize that it's not the end of the world if you wear artificial leather jackets, synthetic furs and use artificial pine trees for Christmas.

However, there are still conservative folks who claim that real trees are better than fake ones. Their main argument in this dispute is that nothing can replace the real tree smell inside a home and that it's very important to feel the winter holidays by smelling the pine tree. But is it really so?

First of all, let's think of how much the fresh pine tree smell lasts: it's probably two-three days, or maximum one week. After that, real or artificial, trees will smell the same.

Another issue is how the tree looks after a while. In the beginning, the real tree will look great, with its fresh branches and green needles. But after one week or so, the branches will become to go down under the heavy Christmas ornaments and because they are getting dry. They won't be looking that nice anymore. Additionally, the needles will start to fall down, they will become your daily cleaning duty, and it's possible that you'll find one or two such needles even six months after the holidays are over.

Another thing: if your place is small you'll have to buy a really small natural pine tree. Higher ones have long branches and they have a wide circumference. This is just how trees grow. Artificial trees, on the other hand, can be as narrow as you wish at a certain height. These are the so-called pencil or slim realistic Christmas trees, which are tall and thin.

Now, taking all these into consideration, what do you think: are real trees better than artificial ones for Christmas?



Nov 29, 2009 12:05pm
I think both have pros and cons.

Real trees represent a greater fire hazard, from what I've read.

I think I read somewhere that you would need to use an arificial tree for about 20 years for it to be truly eco friendly. I think the the article stated you could incinerate 20 real trees to 1 artificial before you would have the same level of pollution.

Of course, if you take care of your artificial, it should easily last over 20 years, since they only get used a few weeks each year.
Nov 29, 2009 1:33pm
That's interesting, I didn't know about the 20 years thing. Indeed, if we think how those artificial trees are made and how they are destroyed after being out of use, perhaps these processes are more harmful than cutting a few trees.
Sep 28, 2010 7:47pm
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