There’s no doubt about it – real Christmas trees are better for the environment than fake ones, and we will go into detail about this fact in a bit.
It might seem like chopping down millions of Christmas trees every year isn’t very eco-friendly, but it helps support forests and fight climate change! Yes, fake Christmas trees are reusable, but that doesn’t stop millions of plastic trees from ending up in landfills every year.
Let’s take a look into the plastic Christmas tree industry and how it negatively affects the environment.
Toxic Chemicals in Plastic Christmas Trees
Fake Christmas trees are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which uses hazardous chemicals and an exorbitant amount of energy during manufacturing. As PVC is manufactured, toxic gasses and liquids are emitted into the environment.
In addition, research found that most PVC Christmas trees are manufactured in China by machines that are powered by coal. This process required a large amount of catalytic mercury, which ends up being released into the environment. One study found that the amount of mercury released into the environment from PVC manufacturing is unknown, but “potentially enormous.”
Real Christmas Trees Combat Carbon Emissions
After toxic chemicals are used to make fake Christmas trees, more are used to ship them from China to the United States and other countries around the world.
On the other hand, it is estimated that upwards of 500 million Christmas trees grow on tree farms throughout the country. It takes about a decade for a tree to grow into a good-sized Christmas tree, and all the time it works to absorb carbon dioxide and turn it into clean oxygen.
Real Christmas Trees Support Local Businesses
When it comes to sustainability, it’s important to look at more than just the environment. Sustainability also relates to the economy and how local businesses are affected by corporations.
Fake trees are almost exclusively sold by massive corporations, like Walmart. Real Christmas trees, on the other hand, are usually sold by small family-owned and operated farms. Or larger farms that distribute to small family-owned and operated businesses.
Either way, every Christmas tree sale supports farms with acres and acres of lush Fraser Fir and pine tree forests – forests that help support a healthy environment, clean air, and wildlife critters.
Support Christmas Tree Farms this Holiday Season
This holiday season, consider supporting a local business that sells Christmas trees instead of a major corporation. Make a new tradition with your family and hand select the perfect tree that will transform your home into a winter wonderland. Enjoy the incredible scent of Fraser Fir and relax knowing that your Christmas tree helped make the world a better place this year.
Shop Ciro & Sons for the Best Christmas Trees in Orlando
Ciro & Sons has been bringing the best Fraser Fir Christmas trees to Orlando since 1984. Every year, our excitement for bringing Christmas trees to the people of central Florida grows!
Order your Christmas tree online today and have it delivered straight to you home. Merry Christmas!