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A couple of weeks ago (yes a little premature I know) we put up our Christmas tree. 

This event for us involves dragging inside a very heavy pot containing a real live Christmas tree, then decorating it. Strangely enough since our early Christmas decorating spree, the most common comment we have received is

“Oh….it’s a real Christmas tree!”

I have found this quite amusing and bewildering…. haven’t people seen a real Christmas tree before?  Is it really that much of a novelty? Well apparently so…

Now today I have discovered that our live potted Christmas tree, which seems to be quite unusual in Australia these days, is also the most environmentally friendly option (well they don’t call me EnviroMum for nothing!).

An article in today’s Melbourne Age states that
Fake trees lead to the emission of more than double the greenhouse gases of a natural one” (!)

And apparently “a family would have to keep a plastic tree for at least 20 years to to balance out the 8.1 kilograms of CO2 it would have caused to be emitted each year, compared to 3.1 kilograms for a natural tree.”

Unfortunately most families only keep their fake Christmas trees for 6 years on average (who researches this stuff??). Further to this “Plastic stands used to hold up natural Christmas trees also leave an environmental footprint but it is offset by the carbon soaked up by the trees during their time in the ground.”

Therefore the best option in terms of greenhouse emissions is to have a natural potted tree. Oh, Christmas tree, how lovely are your real live branches!

For more information on having a Green Christmas

Greening the Festive Season – Environment Victoria 

Stockpile Love not Landfill this Christmas

and

the real meaning of Christmas

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