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The Great Annual Christmas Tree Debate: Real Vs. Artificial (Aka Fake)


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, greenliving, protection, tree, Christmas )

Cher
- 353 days ago - livinggreenmag.com
Decorating for the holidays often involves a Christmas tree. Each year, Americans buy about 30 million real trees and about 13 million fake ones. However, since artificial trees are usually reused, the number of artificial trees actually strung up



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Daniel Partlow (189)
Monday December 9, 2013, 4:25 am
We've had the same artificial tree for 12 years. I never take it down. I just cover it and when Dec comes, I uncover it again! Saves on trees, and on work. We just change some ornaments and replace lites that go out!
 

David C. (25)
Monday December 9, 2013, 4:30 am
one is as idiotic + neurotic, as superfluous and ecocidal as the other

Happy Baby-Tree-Holocaust- and Orgy-of-Consumerism-season !

 

Barbara D. (78)
Monday December 9, 2013, 7:46 am
I have a gorgeous fake tree that we've used for years. Occasionally, we'll use a live tree if we're thinning out our
evergreens. After the holidays it goes back to the forest to serve as a brushpile for the protection of the smaller woodland critters.
 

Howard Crosse (17)
Monday December 9, 2013, 10:08 am
I guess that the size of the carbon footprint of an artificial tree depends on how many years you use it for. We bought a good quality artificial trees quite a few years ago and it is still going strong and I see no reason why it shouldn't keep going for quite a few years yet. Regarding the price, I'm not sure if this applies in the US as well but this year in the UK a real tree is pretty expensive, equal to a price of a similar sized artificial tree. I have two conifers in my garden, I will decorate them but that is where they are going to stay, growing and thriving.
 

Constance F. (430)
Monday December 9, 2013, 11:10 am
i never liked the idea of a cut tree. just like i don't like cut flowers. it's pretty much dead by the time you get it home, and then get to watch it slowly die till you haul it out. no thanks.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday December 9, 2013, 1:53 pm
Thank you.
 

Donn M. (1)
Monday December 9, 2013, 8:13 pm
No artificial tree, thank you. Will use a real tree, probably one that needs thinned out or maybe a tree top that snapped off in a recent windstorm up at the neighbors.
 

Shawna S. (44)
Monday December 9, 2013, 10:07 pm
I prefer a "real" tree. I select my tree about 2 weeks before christmas. I let it shine with minimal ornaments, but ornaments that give me comfort during christmas. I keep my tree up for at least a month, then transfer it outdoors for animals to enjoy by decorating it with foods for birds and squirrels and the like. In the spring it becomes compost. Life's cycle can be beautiful.
 

Sara P. (64)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:09 am
Absolutely fake!!! Thanks Cher.
 

Winn Adams (199)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:24 am
Thanks
 
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