Choose between an artificial or a natural christmas tree

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2012-11-23 15:27:05

When you decide to buy a christmas tree, you have a difficult choice between the artificial fir or natural fir. This comparison table tries to detail in a objective way all the advantages and the drawbacks of artifical christmas tree and natural one. You can participate: vote for your favorite choice and comment which solution do you prefer.

Artificial FirNatural Fir
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  • No thorn to pick up on the floor...
  • Cost a bit more expensive when you buy the first time but cheaper in the end, since it can be reused for several years.
  • It can be rented already decorated from specialist dealers.
  • The natural tree produces oxygen from carbon dioxide via photosynthesis (reduction of greenhouse effect).
  • Local production using the local economy and reducing pollution from transport.
  • It is biodegradable (compost, wood chips ...).
  • Tree plantations provide soil stabilization (reducing flood risk), a shelter for wildlife ....
  • The smell is pleasant, natural (authenticity. ..)
  • Tradition, ritual purchasing choice in family ..
  • Made from petroleum, a non-renewable (scarcity in future years).
  • Production processes consuming energy and emitting plastic greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Pollution to import by air firs, mostly manufactured in Asia.
  • They are neither recyclable nor biodegradable.
  • If it catches fire, it emanates toxic fumes and hazardous to the environment but also for humans.
  • You need to have space to store it all the year.
  • Depending on the quality .. the tree loses its luster quickly and should be discarded quickly.
  • Some growers use chemical fertilizers and other herbicides for the cultivation of trees, whose effect is harmful to the environment.
  • It loses its thorns, so we must clean regularly around the tree.
  • We must buy it every year.
  • Sometimes the transport is polluting (fir coming from distant forests), and because we need to drive a car to move it...
Raw materialPetroleum-based plasticWood
DurationAverage 3 years (to keep more than 16 years to make it more environmentally friendly than a natural tree).1 year (or more if you buy it in the pot and succeed to replant it, which is rare ...).
  • 2010-11-19 12:33:48
    2012-11-23 15:27:05
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  • Compare artificial vs natural christmas tree (advantages and disadvantages of both options).
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  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2012-11-30 14:31:55 by Alexis
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2012-11-23 15:50:30 by Tintin
  • voted for Natural Fir (Like)
    longtemps tiraillé entre sapin naturel ou artificiel j'ai enfin fait mon choix : le naturel
    Français Posted 2010-11-23 11:58:52 by ccesetti
  • voted for Natural Fir (Like)
    Posted 2010-11-22 22:45:07 by Alexis
  • voted for Natural Fir (Like)
    Plus écologique, Tradition et bonne odeur...
    Français Posted 2010-11-19 14:15:04 by Vanina
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Ce comparatif m'a permis de comprendre que le sapin naturel était la meilleure solution (de mon point de vue).
    Français Posted 2010-11-19 14:14:03 by Vanina

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