Greta posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago
What about Christmas trees?
Christmas is coming, and with it a crucial question: is a real tree more sustainable than a fake tree?
With sustainability being more and more important it is a legitimate question. There are different studies about this topic but the fact is, it really depends on your attitude.
When it comes to the artificial option, the main impacts are that their manufacture depletes natural resources and generates greenhouse gas emissions. If you buy a fake tree it surely is more difficult to dispose of, but it will last definitely longer than a real one, so its impact is distributed throughout the years: if you keep one for more than 8 years it will be more sustainable than a real one, balancing both the gas emissions and the material waste.
A real tree on the other hand is obviously easier to dispose of (plus, it smells amazing), but it still is a single use item and the resources used to raise it can be not as sustainable as one might think, in some cases displacing natural ecosystems. For a real tree to be sustainable it needs to be bought from a local farm which has to have sustainable practices.
Whichever tree you chose, the important thing is that you dispose of it responsibly. Donate your artificial tree to a new home or get your real tree turned into mulch. And enjoy your Christmas!
Hi Greta, welcome to our forest 🤗🎄 Yep, that is a dilemma! What we do at HaliPuu is to take a wild spruce from our forest (one that is growing in an unfavorable place) and after Christmas recycle it by bringing it to the local stables for fence making 😀 Very sustainable!
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