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Friday, December 10, 2010

Fake tree, Real tree debate

Our tree 2009
At the end of November, I asked my Facebook friends, "Fake, real or no tree? And why? I want to know." I received over 20 comments (which usually doesn't happen). It's a mixed bag on the green blogs what a "green" tree really means. I've found it's different for all folks and really there is no wrong answer to this question. If you believe your fake or real tree is the green way to go, I'm not going to pass judgement on you. 

So what are the pros and cons? Let me break it down ...

Fake tree: 
Pros: reusable, not killing a tree, no pine needles to pick up, no watering, great for folks with allergies, easy assemble, inexpensive
Cons: Made from harmful plastic, you have to store it, it's probably made in China, will sit in a landfill forever

waiting for Santa 2009
Real tree:
Pros: supporting the local economy (sometimes a charity), they smell great, grown as a renewable resource at a local tree farm (if you live in the Pacific Northwest), help with thinning the forest (if you head for the mountains and pick your own), biodegradable, compostable, could also use it in your fireplace/pit, you have fun picking it out off the lot or create memories if you head to the mountains to pick it out

Con: have to water it, could start on fire, have to keep heat away from it, bad for folks with allergies, you'll be picking up pine needles for the next 6 months, dying trees release greenhouse gasses when they decompose and overcrowd our landfills

Betsy of Eco-novice has a great blog post about this topic.

Potted living tree:
Pros: You plant it when you're done, supporting the local economy, they smell great, grown as a renewable resource at a local tree farm, you have fun picking it out.

Cons: You have to plant it (and if you don't have a yards, well, you'll need to find it a home), have to water it, could start on fire, have to keep heat away from it, bad for folks with allergies, you'll be picking up pine needles for the next 6 months, have to store it until the spring so you can plant it

Sarah at Practically Green has a great blog about this!

Christmas tree hunting 2007
So what are we doing? Since we don't have a yard, a potted living tree is out of the question so we're going real tree! We will be purchasing off a lot though in the past (pre-children) we have driven up to the Deschutes National Forest and hunted for a tree. We're going to save that task for when our son gets bigger and start creating memories. 

Again, there is no wrong answer to this question. If you believe your fake or real tree is the green way to go, I'm not going to pass judgement on you. 

We're picking up our tree tomorrow and I'm so excited to get it up and into the holiday spirit.

SimplyOrganic.net had a great blog on Christmas trees fake vs. real that was a great resource for this post.



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