Decorating for the holidays is always a fun tradition and at the heart of it all is finding the perfect Christmas tree.
Each year, many families ask each other, “should we get a real tree this year?”
The Ontario Forestry Association says, it's definitely an environmentally friendly choice.
“Artificial Christmas trees are a plastic product so that really is a petroleum based product,” says Carla Grant, with the Ontario Forestry Association.
Grant adds that although it may seem like buying an artificial tree is better for the environment because it can be re-used, that's not always the correct assumption.
“People always think re-use is the way to go, but consumer studies show that people are replacing their trees every five to seven years. So when you think about that they end up in the landfill and those trees are never going to degrade in landfill,” explains Grant.
Over 500 farmers in Canada grow millions of trees each year for the Christmas season.
“And even though people are cutting down trees...there's thousands and thousands that are still here. Throughout the year they're providing habitat for animals, they're improving our air, they're improving our water, so they really do provide a role,” says Grant.
Real trees are also 100% biodegradable, so once they're taken down after the holidays they are mulched and used in municipal parks in the spring.