I recently came across a blog about the question of whether to buy a real of a fake Christmas tree. The entry on the blog came to the conclusion the real trees were the best option. The awards was that this was an agricultural product and therefore better. I'd like to challenge this thinking.
Real trees take a lot of resource to create including chemicals. Most growers readily heavy on pesticides and herbicides to grow the trees. (want to know more: go to http://forestry.msu.edu/extension/ExtDocs/xmastree.htm ). It also takes natural, resources to of soil and water. And lastly it takes raw labor to grow and maintain a tree that is suitable for the market. According to the article it cost $ 5.67 to create a tree (not including the cost of the land).
Consider that you need to replace the tree every year and the tree weighs approximately 50 lbs. A typical tree will cost about $ 50 on average. That means that this will cost $ 500 over a ten year period and will produce and additional 500 lbs of landfill waste.
In contrast a high quality Fake Christmas Tree , it will cost about $ 300 and will weigh about 20lbs. Less cost and less waste.
The average fake Christmas tree lasts 8-10 years. But many people have them for longer. The web is full of stories where people keep the tree for more than 20 years. If you compare a real tree to a fake tree that has lasted 20 years, the real tree user will have produce a 1/2 ton of landfill waste! That does not include all the empty pestacide containers that the drawer used.
Fake Christmas Trees produce less garbage and cost less than a real tree. When you add all the pesticides, herbicides, and other industrial waste from the live tree industry, there can be no question that Artificial Trees are better for the environment.