Some areas also use discarded trees to prevent beach erosion or sink them into lakes to create fish habitats. A five- or six-foot tree takes just under a decade to grow, and once it’s cut down, the farmer will generally plant at least one in its place. Use it for three and a real tree is better, Harman said. The holidays are upon us once again, are you buying a live Christmas tree this year, or are you opting for an artificial one? Real vs. artificial: Which type of Christmas tree is worse for the environment? We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Audience Relations, CBC P.O.

Tim O’Connor, a spokesman for the organization, said the best way to ensure future supply was to buy a tree this year. "A live-cut tree has less impact than an artificial one," Sierra Club spokesperson Tim Pearson told Gloria Macarenko, host of On The Coast. By Michele Berger and Camille Mann December 12, 2018.

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Use escape to clear. "Methane is an extremely bad greenhouse gas, is about 86 times worse than [carbon dioxide] over a 20-year period.".

You can also avoid the need to discard an old tree entirely. Don’t feel bad about cutting down a tree for the holiday. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Oregon is the country’s biggest grower, followed by North Carolina. But manufacturing a recyclable tree has been challenging. (MORE: 3 Things You Should Check Before Using the Fireplace). It’s the centerpiece of the biggest holiday of the year for many American families: the Christmas tree, the focal point for parties and presents, replete with favorite ornaments and lights. Victoria-based organization Sierra Club B.C. They grow best on rolling hills that are often unsuitable for other crops and, of course, they are biodegradable. The first option will be automatically selected. While that may not sound eco-friendly, the A.C.T.A., which represents manufacturers, claims the environmental impact is lower than that of a real tree if you use the artificial tree for five or more years. Type at least three characters to start auto complete. Real vs. "But the average artificial tree lasts about six years before it's thrown out and replaced," he said, adding that artificial trees cannot be recycled because of the way they are made. “I hope that our trees are in use 20 or 30 years later.”. The copper, steel and plastic that are fused together in the production process would need to be taken apart to be recycled. But which is better for the environment? When it's not selling Christmas trees, Christmas tree shortage grows across West Coast — and its roots go back a decade, Real vs fake trees: Sierra Club B.C. shows. He’s also on the board of the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA), a nonprofit whose self-proclaimed goal is to educate the public about these holiday flora. Some cherish the scent of a real tree and the tradition of bringing it home, while others prefer the tidier and easier option of the plastic variety. is urging people to consider the environmental impacts of each option before making a decision. If you’re driving round-trip 60 miles, say, to cut down a tree from a farm but would walk around the corner to purchase your artificial tree, the latter rules.

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