For some, choosing the perfect tree is the biggest and most important decision of the Christmas season and rightly so. For the next four weeks, at least, it will be the star attraction in your home.
Over recent years, artificial trees have seen a big increase in sales, as people look to choose the more convenient and cost-effective option, often believing that it is more environmentally friendly as it can be used year after year.
However, with the surge of attention on global warming and the impact our individual choices have on the environment; perhaps it is time to reconsider our Christmas tree purchasing habits.
The problem with plastic
Whilst fake trees are reusable, which reduces the demand for new ones to be produced, it is the manufacturing of these trees that causes concern. Being made of plastic, a 6.5ft artificial tree will have double the carbon footprint of a real tree, by producing about 40kg of greenhouse gas emissions. Then comes the fact that 85% of fake trees come from China, so we have to take into account the C02 impact created through importation.
How do real trees compare?
Well for starters, not only do they release oxygen, but they also soak up carbon dioxide, whilst also producing over 50% less greenhouse gas emissions than their fake alternatives during production. However, if they are disposed of in landfill then that would result in the production of methane, which is 25 times more potent than C02.
The good news though is that they are natural, meaning they can be recycled, which of course is good news for the environment. In fact, a tree that is recycled can actually have a negligible effect on the environment.
Another great reason to buy a real tree, is that choosing the right Christmas tree can become a fun family tradition. Wrapping up warm, grabbing a hot chocolate and going to your local collection centre to choose the perfect tree is a magical experience.
Caring Christmas Trees
If you are located in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Fife, then you can create this experience with Bethany’s Caring Christmas Tree project as we continue to sell sustainably grown Norman Fir trees to help end homelessness in Scotland. Then, when it comes time to take down your tree, you can continue to create a positive impact on the environment with the option to recycle your tree with curbside collection, or at your local recycling centre.
For more information on how to purchase your Caring Christmas Tree, call us on 0345 111 8733 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org