Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

Truth about Real Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are grown on farms as an agricultural crop, not harvested from natural forests. They are 100% sustainable, recyclable, and biodegradable. Once the holiday season is over, your tree can be ground into mulch, provide natural fish habitat in lakes and streams, or help reduce beach erosion. 

The environmental impact of a Christmas tree farm is a net positive. Every day, one acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people. They also absorb carbon dioxide, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases. For every tree harvested, 1 to 3 are planted in their place.

In rugged Western NC, where Wishon Evergreens is located, Christmas trees help stabilize steep terrain and allow otherwise unproductive, mountainous land be more productive and valuable.

The Christmas tree industry is also a vital part of the economy in many rural areas, including Western NC. Over 300,000 people are employed by the industry nationwide. In areas where manufacturing or other jobs have been lost in recent decades, the Christmas tree industry has supplemented these communities by providing a vital source of employment and tax revenue. The largest Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Truth about Fake Christmas Trees

Artificial trees are produced in assembly-line style factories overseas (mainly China and SE Asia) and are then shipped across the globe. They are made with PVC, a petroleum-based plastic with synthetic chemical additives and metals.  The average life cycle of an artificial tree is 5-7 years, after which they will end up in a landfill. From start to finish, artificial trees are environmentally destructive and not sustainable in any way. The trees themselves are made with non-natural elements and their production process contributes to increases in air pollution and greenhouse gases. Not to mention artificial trees fill up landfills with a product that will never biodegrade.

And because the vast majority of artificial trees are manufactured overseas, their production does not contribute to the American economy. A far cry from the 300,000 Americans employed on family owned farms in the US.

This holiday season, enjoy a real Christmas tree and know you're doing good for the environment and the economy.