But as much as we all love to deck our halls with a holiday tree, there are definitely two different camps when it comes to the type. You know what, though? Artificial or real, they’re both green.
A study by Life Cycle Analysis comparing artificial and real trees found that neither one has a major impact on the environment. Interestingly, what makes more of a difference are factors like length of ownership, disposal method and “tree miles” (how far your tree travels to get to you).
So there’s no right answer. But here are few things to take into consideration:
2. Think about tree miles. Not just how far the tree traveled, but how far you travel to get to the tree.
3. The magic number is about 9. If you’ve purchased a cut tree for 9 years or more, consider transitioning to an artificial tree. If you already own an artificial tree, make sure and keep it in use for 9 years.
4. Disposal is important with both types. If you plan to transition from artificial to real, donate your tree rather than disposing of it. If you have a real tree to dispose of after the season, make sure to check with your town on how to dispose of it properly.
Whether you go artificial or fresh, Snow’s has a large selection of both. Artificial trees are from 2’ to 7’ tall and come in a variety of shapes to suit your home and decor. You can also purchase pre-decorated (and pre-lit!) trees in a variety of themes, such as gardening, pets and ‘country’ Christmas.
If you prefer a fresh cut tree, you will find a lovely, lush selection at Snow’s. And of course, a friendly staff member will be happy to give you tips on keeping it fresh before securing it safely it to your vehicle.
Source: Nielsen survey on behalf of the American Christmas Tree Association, (ACTA).