Green Thought Thursday: The Holiday Decorating Dilemma – Real or Fake?

By Posted in - Sustainability on December 2nd, 2010

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to decorate. For those of you who have been patient enough to wait until after Thanksgiving to put up your holiday tree, we ask you to lend an ear for a little green cheer.

There’s a lot of debate these days about which holiday tree is “greener” – the real ones or the fake ones. Fake trees, many folks argue, are the way to go. They can be used year after year, and purchasing one of them means that a tree wasn’t cut down only to be tossed on the side of the street one month later. But for a lot of you, the thought of missing out on the wonderful smell of those evergreen needles is just too much to bear. Well, there’s good news for you!

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, fake trees are made with non-recyclable plastic, metals and other harmful materials like petroleum, PVC and in some cases, lead. They also use up lots of gas – FORTUNE reported 92 percent of them came all the way from China last year. And what happens when you finally do decide to ditch your old one for a new one? It goes to a landfill where it could take hundreds and hundreds of years to decompose.

In chestnut shell (roasting on an open fire), real trees are the way to go! They’re renewable (tree growers usually plant one to three seedlings for every tree cut down) and biodegradable. They travel less miles from the farm to your living room. And, by purchasing a real one, you’re oftentimes supporting local farmers.

Need any more reason to go green this holiday season? Check out this recent blog by Tiny Green Bubble. They’ve got us convinced!

Happy tree hunting, y’all!



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