… and other assorted tips for the Big 3 holidays is in my Biscayne Times article here. While some people assume that a fake Christmas tree, which can be reused year after year, would be less wasteful than a cut tree, I’m not convinced. What do you think? The fake tree requires assembly of various unknown substances (metallic bark?) in a factory, probably in China, and then it must be shipped here in a box, which was made from a dead tree. When the fake tree eventually gets tossed, or worse — burned — its toxic remains will stick around for centuries.
An evergreen tree has the distinct advantage of being biodegradable and actually beneficial when dumped, although a woodchipper could make it more immediately useful as mulch. IKEA used to do that; they would take back old trees and give you a coupon for Swedish meatballs.
It has also been argued that evergreens capture carbon dioxide, and farmers raise them more quickly than nature would. Oh, and Taylor Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, so it must be OK. It’s a Country Christmas!
The main drawback of a tree farm, I think, is that is displaces natural habitat that supports native wildlife. But I still think the farm is better than the factory. And it sure smells a lot nicer.