We should all buy fake christmas trees.
For many an artificial Christmas tree is so much simpler than having a real Christmas tree, after all there is no need to go and buy one every year and bring it back home, it can simply be taken out of the loft, shed or wherever else it has been kept for the rest of the year. On the other hand it is not very traditional to have an artificial Christmas tree. Going artificial and reusing also may not be better for the environment even though to have a Christmas tree you have to cut it down the land will simply be reused for another tree. So should you get a real Christmas tree?
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helps the environment
When you buy a fake Christmas tree, you are buying something that you can use year after year. This means that less trees will have to be cut down in order to make your front room look nice. This helps the environment as more trees will be left in the wild. More trees to photosynthesise and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. We will all benefit from more fresh air and our children's children will have a healthier future.
Christmas trees come from plantations. They sustain their own business by planting one tree for every one they crop and sell[[http://www.scottishchristmastrees.co.uk/why-buy-a-real-tree.html]]. Therefore there is no effect therefore of buying from one of these plantations.
fake trees do not get recycled
You may use a fake tree for a few years in a row, but when it comes to throwing the tree away, into the skip it goes. The plastic which it is made of will take 500 years to decompose [[http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/facts.html]]. Compare this to a real tree that is biodegradable and will actually help the planet if it were left on the soil to rot. People can compost these trees themselves, or even fly tip them in a park and the worms would happily chew them down in a matter of weeks.
This all depends on how people choose to dispose of their tree. People could burn their real Christmas tree, in which case putting the plastic in a land fill may in fact be better for the environment. Alternatively, the plastic tree could be sold in second hand stores and could potentially last for those 500 years!! Therefore, it is not the type of tree, but the type of person owning it which makes a difference as to how a tree will affect the environment.
fake trees are not environmentally friendly to manufacture
Fake trees are made of plastic. Therefore, to make the tree many processes involving burning have to occur. The processes use highly toxic materials and their burning contributes to the C02 emissions, as do the toxins that are used to make the plastic [[http://www.dancewithshadows.com/business/pharma/plastic.asp]]. These toxins then have to be contained and safely disposed of. All of these processes result in bad consequences on the environment.
Chopping wood isn't environmentally/eco- friendly either. Buying a plastic is a one-time investment. Consider the environmental cost of making one long lasting(non-biodegradable) plastic tree over buying a chopped/murdered tree every single year.
If everyone bought plastic trees; deforestation would be greatly reduced. Plastic trumps paper/trees/wood in the long run in environmental terms. [[http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/cheap/20041215a1.asp]]
Ensure sustainability of the trees and environment
If we all buy fake trees, the original trees are not needed anymore.Hence, they might be cut down and the land might be used for other human activities.But if buy original tree, there will be a market for the trees.Hence they will continue to grow the tree and cut down and regrow it again. This will results in 'preservation' of the land for the trees and not other human activities.As land is unlikely to be used for other purposes, it will be a good help to our environment as it constantly provides oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere
If trees weren't cut they wouldn't be sitting in our homes.
You're saying: Growing trees only to chop them vs not growing trees at all.
The way I see it : Growing trees only to chop them every year vs not chopping trees at all.
Tradition should not be sacrificed for global concerns
Christmas trees have been a landmark symbol of Christmas to everyone in Western civilisation, ever since Prince Albert introduced the German custom of "Tannenbaum" to England. Replacing a well-loved 200 year old tradition with a hostile artificial version in order to save the environment is ridiculous. Besides, Christmas trees are hardly on of the main contributors to global warming; if you want to do something rational which benefits the environment over Christmas, cut back on the Christmas lights, wear warm clothes instead of turning the heating on and use candle light more often. Besides, who doesn't like that pine fresh smell in your living room?
What do you think?