Which is better, environmentally-speaking: a real or a fake Christmas tree?
There are a lot of factors to consider, from their carbon footprints to their ultimate disposals. Happily, there are always scientists willing to focus on every little angle. And Ellipsos, a consulting firm in Montreal, has determined that the environment is better off if we choose real trees over fake. Some of their points:
- Real trees produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide
- Fake trees often contain polyvinyl chloride, which produces carcinogens during manufacturing and disposal
- Christmas tree farms provide green space near urban centers
- Real trees create habitat for animals
However, sticklers in this debate might point out that Ellipsos only considered trees bought in Montreal and either grown in Quebec or manufactured in China, so the controversy--like It’s A Wonderful Life--will probably remain a seasonal favorite.
If you celebrate Christmas, do you prefer a real or a fake tree?