19 Dec '11, 12pm

Which is better: a fake or real Christmas Tree? Here are the details, which may surprise you. #Christmas

Which is better: a fake or real Christmas Tree? Here are the details, which may surprise you. #Christmas

The production of Christmas trees creates domestic jobs and the minimal ground-application of fertilizers and biocides has much less of an impact than the production of their artificial counterparts. Real trees do not require any health warnings and they are fully biodegradable/compostable. In many locations the real trees are trucked in from hundreds of miles away, and like the artificial trees, you typically have to drive somewhere to get them. Even if we assume that the emissions from transporting both real and fake trees are about the same, and that they are covered in comparable strings of lights, the fake tree still has a larger impact than the real tree. This is because the fake tree causes a net increase of greenhouse gas emissions, while the real tree actually absorbs more CO2 than it returns to the atmosphere.

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