|Our lovely Christmas tree all done up!|
However, if you are thinking about skipping the real thing or even the traditional for that matter, here are a few very inventive, very eco-friendly tree ideas:
|My Modern Met|
|Designs that Inspire to Create Your Perfect Home|
A tree built with love and plywood scraps.
No time time for measuring, sawing or constructing, try a ladder tree.
|A Collective of Vintage Teaspoons|
Christmas can still be grand even on a small scale ...
Love this sweet fabric and wood tree.
|Diggers List Blog|
Recycled newspaper Christmas tree.
|Natural Modern Interiors|
A driftwood tree, made from gathered pieces of wood.
So, are real trees for Christmas really that bad?
I did my research and found some interesting pros and cons to help you decide - real vs. fake?
Real tree Pros:
- real trees, being natural, will decompose naturally and used as mulch for Spring/Summer growing
- the beauty, fragrance and festive quality of a real tree just can't be replaced
- they provide oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide removing pollutants from the air (this could be seen as a con when they are removed from their environment but up until the time they are removed, this is a pro!)
- some Christmas tree farms are placed in areas that would otherwise be unusable
- when harvesting these trees, each one cut down must be replaced by another, planting new trees every year
- tree population is not reduced due to Christmas tree farming; but instead is maintained
Real tree Cons:
- these trees provide food, shelter and homes to animals so we would be taking that away
- they reduce soil erosion and surface runoff
- some are grown with harmful pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers
- some Christmas tree farms use land that could possibly be better used
Fake tree Pros:
- need only to be purchased once and can be reused every year
- fake trees have come a long way since the 50's, they can look better and less artificial today
- No messy cleanup
- You save money over time
Fake Tree Cons:
- they don't really last forever and will eventually end up in landfills
- most are manufactured using a polyvinyl chloride (or PVC), which is a petroleum-derived plastic
- they are non-renewable and polluting
- some artificial trees actually come with warning labels due to their lead content
What do you think? Real or fake, and why?
Please leave a comment, would love to hear your thoughts!