Real Vs. Fake Christmas Tree, What’s The More Eco Option?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding Real Vs. Fake Christmas Tree What’s The More Eco Option. Here’s a look at the pro’s and con’s of each, PLUS how to get rid of your real tree the right way.



  • They cost less because you are using the tree over and over again
  • They are super convenient, you don’t have to travel far to find one
  •  They hold their shape, no matter where they are stored
  • They are much tidier
  • They use zero water


  • They are made from PVC, a type of plastic that can off-gas harmful dioxins into the home
  • PVC is made from virgin fossil fuels
  • Some trees also contain lead
  • They can be recycled (thanks to the way they are constructed) and typically end up polluting landfill
  • Most fake tree are made overseas and are shipped to Canada, there is a large carbon footprint associated with this
  • They typically can’t be recycled

a woman putting light on a Christmas tree

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  • Canadians spent 77.7 million dollars on real trees in 2016 (Stats Canada), this helps to employ workers and farms across the country
  • Real tree smell amazing
  • You can get rid of you real tree in a number of eco ways, see below for more details
  • It’s a wonderful thing to pick a tree with your family
  • Real trees are free from toxic chemicals
  • It’s indoor forest bathing


  • A real tree costs more money
  • They need more attention, you need to clean the needles up daily and you need to make sure the tree has enough water to survive

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How to get rid of your real tree in a responsible way:

Curbside pick-up for recycling: Many providers will collect trees during regular pickup schedules on the two weeks following Christmas. There are often requirements for size, removing ornaments, flocking, etc.

Take your tree to a drop-off recycling center: Most counties have free drop-off locations. Usually, you may take up to two trees to a drop-off location at no charge.

Yard waste: Cut the tree to fit loosely into your yard waste container.

Tree recycling/mulching programs: Tree recycling and mulching programs are a fast-growing trend in communities throughout the nation. Check with your local department of public works for information. They chip and shred the trees, then make the mulch available for use in your garden. Your hauler will notify you of pick-up dates in your area. Be sure to check with your local hauler.

Nonprofit pickup: Call for an appointment to have a nonprofit organization in your area pick up your tree. Some Boy Scout troops offer a pickup service for a small donation

Did you know? Some wildlife shelters accept old Christmas trees to enhance injured creatures’ habitat.

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Real Vs. Fake Christmas Tree What's The More Eco Option?

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  1. Cynthia Anne Robinette
    January 18, 2020
    • Candice Batista
      January 19, 2020

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