Christmas is just around the corner and many of you will be digging out your decorations from the garage or attic in preparation for the holidays. The holiday season is also the time of year when families quibble over whether to buy a farm grown tree or an artificial one. In this age of environmental awareness, however, choosing a real tree has a number of many important benefits.
Better air quality
Most artificial trees are manufactured with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Toxins from PVC, such as ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride, and dioxin can get released from the tree and spread throughout your home, potentially causing a number of health risks to you and your family. Real trees, however, produce oxygen, remove greenhouse gasses, and absorb carbon dioxide—making the air cleaner and healthier.
Real trees support local farmers
Christmas trees are grown on local farms; therefore there is no need to worry about deforestation or other ecosystem damage. The majority of artificial trees are manufactured overseas, so choosing to buy real trees in BC will help create jobs and support the local economy.
Less waste in landfills
Made almost entirely of plastic, artificial trees are not biodegradable and cannot be recycled. When plastic trees get thrown out, they eventually get picked up and occupy an increasingly overfilled landfill space, placing a heavier burden on the environment. On the other hand, real trees are 100% natural, biodegradable and recyclable. They can conveniently be turned into compost or mulch after the holiday season is over.
If you have made the decision to buy a real tree this year, you will want to make sure it is disposed of properly. Hiring a professional junk removal company will ensure your old tree is promptly collected and given new life where they will be re-used in a number of helpful ways.