An artificial v.s. a real Christmas tree:Which is more sustainable?

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If you are deciding to buy an artificial Christmas tree this year because it seems more sustainable than a real tree, think again. Did you know that “an artificial tree must be used and re-used for 20 years to have a lower carbon footprint than a real tree“? Grown trees support the Earth the entire time they are growing because they are absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. An acre of Christmas trees create enough oxygen to support 18 people.

Surprisingly, trees that are grown on Christmas tree farms are managed to be sustainable because for every tree harvested, two to three more seedlings are planted. Then the cycle of life can continue.

Have you decided which to buy? Let us know what you chose and why, Lifescape Associates would love to hear from you.

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