What do you prefer? A Real or Fake Christmas Tree?

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It's that time of year when people consider getting a tree or putting up a Christmas tree to decorate with holiday decorations. The question on the sort of carbon footprint your Christmas tree choice will leave. There are two sides to the argument on whether or not a real Christmas tree or a fake Christmas tree is the better choice. Both sides do have valid points that make the whole debate a bit trickier on not so black and white. People who put up and purchase artificial trees will argue that cutting down a Christmas tree just for the holiday is much worse than the plastic alternative. Whereas people who put up real trees will tell you that the trees are grown strictly for the purpose of holiday use and therefore can't be bad for the environment.

While each side does have it's reasons, in the end, the research team at Ellipsos says that the real tree is the better choice. The reason for this according to the team is that artificial trees have three times the impact on the earth's climate change then cutting down a real tree. This is based on an artificial tree lasting six years. The opposite is true if your artificial tree lasts more than 20 years, and if you have to drive a long way to go out and purchase a real tree.

So when it comes time to getting a real Christmas tree and the best ways to help the environment you can choose first to buy local and enjoy fun outdoor activities with the family. You also want to choose trees from farms that minimize or use no pesticides and herbicides. Things to do with your family include cutting your own with a provincial permit, from land that must be kept clear anyway. You will find in many provinces; hydro right-of-ways have to be kept clear. If you must use an artificial tree the best way to help the environment is to avoid PVCs, which unfortunately most artificial trees are made of. These are bad for the environment and your health. Another way to help the environment when it comes to your tree choice is to purchase a potted evergreen. There are also places that you can rent a tree from. You can have a tree that you order, have delivered right to your home, and when the holidays are over they will pick it up for you. Another way to help the environment is to make your own DIY Christmas tree. Recycle old books, metal coat hangers, felt and scrap paper and get creative. Making your own Christmas tree is just one thing to do with your family over the holidays.

This is just one of the environmental articles you will find on the David Suzuki Foundation website. On the site, you will find the latest environmental news and green living tips. You will find information with regards to climate change, health, the ocean, wildlife and habitat, and freshwater. You will also find out some of the things you can do to help the environment and make conscious decisions. **

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