The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Monday, 28 November 2022 11:11

Real or fake Christmas trees? Like most things in life, the answer is a function of time.

Nature Conservancy: Keep it real

Nothing beats the fresh aroma of a live Christmas tree, if you are into that kind of thing, but both real and fake trees carry their own load of sustainability pros and cons.

Live trees offer holiday beauty and scent and are a traditional addition to households. But they are harvested from a vast monoculture and require multiple levels of carbon-burning transport.

Artificial trees offer convenience, and can be reused for a decade. But they are largely made of plastic, manufactured in places with unsavory human rights records, and require global transit.

This article breaks it down pretty well. Maybe it’s just best to not have a Christmas tree?