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  • Writer's pictureKyle Vath

Christmas Trees: What's best for God's Creation?

If you plan to decorate for Christmas this year, you might be wondering whether real or artificial Christmas trees are best for the environment. The Washington Post has a helpful article breaking down the pros and cons of each.

Real, farmed trees can be a good option, it turns out, if you get them from a farm that replants what they harvest. “There should be no remorse, no guilt, like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s a cut tree.’ It’s absolutely the contrary,” Bill Ulfelder, executive director of the Nature Conservancy in New York, told the Post. “Trees are a renewable resource that provide environmental, conservation and nature benefits.” But when the holidays are over, don’t send your tree to the landfill. Compost or mulch it if you can. Rumpke typically announces when they will be accepting trees for composting trees each year so keep an eye out for the announcement.

Artificial trees can be a good option too. They create emissions when they are manufactured and shipped across the oceans. But artificial trees have a smaller environmental footprint than real trees if they are reused for five years or more.

Some areas even offer a third option—renting a live, potted tree! You do have to water these trees daily, then return them to the nursery for the rest of the year. However, we don't know of any available locally.

As with many of our choices, there’s no one perfect solution. But by being thoughtful about our choices, we can make a difference.


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