Really? I hear you ask. Aren't those reusable ones a far better choice because they can be REUSED??!!
Well, apparently not according to what I read recently at Treehugger, and The National Christmas Tree Association , (who admittedly may be ever so slightly biased).
The main issues here seem to be the fact that artificial trees travel a long way, mostly from China, and that they are made from PVC, which is in turn made from petroleum, which is as you all know, a non renewable resource. PVC also contains lead, and when manufactured, can release many harmful chemicals such as dioxins into the environment. Artificial trees in theory can last for ever, but in practice they often get thrown out well before their time, and end up in landfills, forever.
Real trees aren't the perfect choice either, they are often farmed using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and unless one buys a locally grown tree, can also travel thousands of miles to get to their destination in your front room. However, real trees are farmed sustainably, use carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, and can be mulched after use to release "good" chemicals such as nitrogen, and carbon into the earth.
The best choice for us would of course be no tree, but I am afraid I am simply not that green just yet. And the real tree we got was not farmed locally, or farmed organically, however we will be mulching it because Phoenix has a great Christmas tree "drop off and be mulched" system, and I am a true lover of mulch!
So, with out further ado, here are some pictures of our really not quite so green Christmas tree!
What ever kind of tree you have I hope you are enjoying it as much as we are enjoying ours!