Real or Fake Christmas Trees?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I’m so excited this year, but for the first year living alone, I had the moral dilemma of sourcing a Christmas tree. Which is better – real, or fake?

When I put my mind to it, I found that there’s actually quite a few reasons for both options. Real trees are natural, aren’t made of plastic, and won’t take 100+ years to rot in a landfill once we’re done with them. However, fake trees prevent the cutting down of trees, last a lot longer (although on average only 6 years), and don’t shed all over the living room floor!

I actually put out a quick question on Twitter on the day of purchasing my tree to see what others were buying, and it came back as a resounding result for real trees.

In relation to that, the best solution I’ve found not only permits you to have the ‘real thing’ in your home, but also provides another one to communities who truly need more trees. The Christmas Forest‘s ethical tree initiative provides sustainably-grown British and European trees, and for every tree sold, another is planted in Africa through its work with Tree Aid. If you live in or around London like I do, I’d highly recommend you go to one of their 10 pop-ups in the city.

On top of that, some were going the next step and buying potted versions that actually grow and last longer than the holiday season! I’d never actually considered this to be an option before, but I’m more than a little bit excited with my purchase – a snow-topped pot-grown tree that is sitting prettily in my window as I write. My new-ish flat has been in desperate need of plants and decorations alike, so this coupled with a few festive candles really puts a smile on my face when I get home to see it all set up. It finally feels like home!

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