Are you buying a real Christmas tree—or an artificial one? And why should it matter? The answer is becoming clearer. Just when you thought the Holidays were complicated enough, here is another run in your Christmas stocking. Experts are trying to decide which is better for the environment --- the artificial tree or real one.
Advocates for real Christmas trees say they are better for us because they protect open space and because they are naturally biodegradable. Grind them up and recycle them. But proponents of artificial trees say they are better because you don’t have to cut down any trees. And you can use the artificial tree again and again with no environmental damage.
But now Canadian experts are saying that you would have to use the same artificial tree for twenty years for it to make a difference. Who saves anything for 20 years? And the very manufacture of plastic artificial trees emits cancer causing chemicals.
Confusing? You bet it is. But we are happy to report that the tree business is alive and well on the North Coast, and as healthy as ever.And maybe we should celebrating that people care about the impact of Christmas trees on our planet. That may be the greenest gift of all.