Would you rather get a real or fake Christmas tree?
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Would you rather get a real or fake Christmas tree?

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For decades, the American people have debated if real or fake Christmas trees are better. Some would argue that aesthetically artificial Christmas trees are prettier. But others say you're not truly about the Christmas spirit without getting a real tree. Experts also say that the debate gets even more complicated when trying to decide if real or fake Christmas trees are better for the environment. In fact, it just depends. Either way, which type of Christmas tree do you prefer? 🎄

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Many argue that real Christmas trees are less toxic and better for the environment than artificial trees. But that all depends—real Christmas trees are typically used repeatedly. This is unlike real Christmas trees that are cut down every year. Weather.com wrote:

If you’re in the market for a Christmas tree this holiday season, it turns out in most instances, whether you buy a farm-grown tree or an artificial one doesn’t change how much of an environmental impact you’ll have on the planet. Rather, what matters is how far you drive to get your evergreen, how you dispose of it and how long you use the artificial tree.
“If you use an artificial tree for 10 years, you need 10 trees, and that is 70 years’ worth of growing trees. You have 70 years of water and pesticide consumption. Those have environmental costs, too.”
The bottom line is, don’t fret. If you have an artificial tree, keep it in the family for at least a decade. If you want a real tree, try to get one nearby to where you live and recycle or compost it. (Check your parks department for information about local programs.)
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