Although the Christmas tree is a much needed aspect for the season, and has been part of the tradition ever since the past many centuries, it is still a subject of many a debate. Whatever the effect a Christmas tree has on the ecology, we know you cannot stay away from having one during Christmas.
One of the main debates is regarding the choice between artificial or natural Christmas trees. Many factors including the comfort, aesthetics, safety and eco-friendliness are to be considered while choosing your type of Christmas tree.
Before discussing the artificial counterpart, you ought to know the facts about a natural Christmas tree. There are basically two varieties of natural Christmas trees – living and cut tree. The latter is more common. Cut trees do not cause any impact on the environment as they are specifically grown for this purpose. They usually come from sustainable and organic farming methods, and are biodegradable after use. Also, as these trees are produced within the country, buying them will help your local economy. But you have to be cautious about an unlikely event of fire.
Living trees are the ones that can be replanted after their use during the holiday season. But it is a blatant truth that majority of them will not make it back to replanting after your hectic Christmas schedule.
All said about the good nature of the conventional Christmas trees, they do not necessarily mean that artificial Christmas trees are bad. Artificial Christmas trees have their own perks too. One main virtue is that they can be reused for an unlimited number of times.
You need not worry about the climate change and other natural weariness that affect their appearance. They can perfectly duplicate the original tree and come in custom sizes and shapes. It’s flexible to carry around and store them.
But unfortunately, most of the artificial trees are made of PVC and plastic, which release toxins. It is also observed that artificial trees will soon make to the landfill after they lose their freshness.
The fact that they are not biodegradable negatively affects the ecology. Also, most of them are shipped from foreign countries, which force importing nations with a huge carbon foot print.
It’s a tough call to choose between natural and artificial Christmas tree. To balance the natural aesthetics and ecological impact, we recommend the natural Christmas trees. But ultimately it is your choice.
Those who want to inject novel elements into the Christmas trees, your can tap your creativity to make a Christmas tree from the household materials, such as fabric, cans, paper towel, toilet paper rolls, and anything that can materialize into a tree. Make use of twine, floral wire, and/or ribbons to hold the branches and sticks together and decorate.
This way you can blend the qualities of natural and artificial Christmas tree into one. Which one are you going or?