Real vs artificial Christmas trees – which are more environmentally friendly? As a kid, I grew up with the joy of real cut Christmas trees every December. I have vivid memories of helping Mom decorate, Dad lifting me and my brother (we alternated years) to put the angel on top, and even playing with my Barbies in the branches (#imagination).
Years later, I moved out of the house and learned just how much of mess a cut tree can create! I was constantly watering and vacuuming up after my little apartment tree, not to mention trying to figure out the best option for recycling in a big city… acquiring, maintaining, and recycling a Christmas tree can be a real chore!
Once I graduated college, I started to become more interested in the environment and how my purchasing decisions can have either a positive or negative impact (this was the year I went vegan – I’ll save that story for another post). It was around this time during the holidays that I started paying attention to the pros and cons of Christmas tree options.
I hadn’t passively heard any convincing research that made me develop a strong opinion one way or the other until recently when I consciously chose to dive deep into researching real vs artificial Christmas trees. Read on to find out what I learned and what we are choosing to decorate with this year (you might be surprised!). Continue Reading…