REAL OR ARTIFICIAL?

Sunday, 1 December 2013

24 Days till Christmas.....Are you truly contemplating on putting up your christmas tree yet? Do you really think it's too early? Keep in mind that december comes to us once a year, one of the most wonderful time of the year. So, what's keeping you from putting up your tree? Have you purchased one yet? Have you come around the debate of the season? Is it going to be a real pine tree this year or an artificial one?

Alright! Let me help you out with all those questions. I will give you the pros and cons of real and artificial trees and at the end I will have you decide which step you'd like to take.




PROS AND CONS

Three of the main reason people debate on before purchasing their tree every December are: the cost, environmental causes/sustainability, and convenience. Let's start by the real talk of real trees! When it comes to real pine trees, yes they do make a mess (falling pins), they do have the pine/herb smell, they do need care and watering, you do need special transport method for a reasonable size tree, after said that, they do have the pros. Not only they are aesthetically beautiful, we can also RECYCLE our christmas tree after the season. Recycling allows to reuse and reproduce different things from our christmas tree such as furniture, gardening, playground materials, hiking trails, and many more objects that we use in our daily life. Also keep in mind that here in North America, pine trees are replanted for environmental sustainability and regrowth.





Now, let me share a little about our favourite artificial trees. Although we believe that they are very convenient (don't need to buy one each year), we just need to store it back in the box and take it back out every year, the environmental side of artificial trees may be more dangerous than we think.
Eighty-five percent of artificial christmas trees are manufactured in China which are made with polyvinyl chloride (a petroleum-derived plastic). These trees aren't recyclable and causes great measure of pollution because they are very hard to decompose which means that they can lay in the landfill for many decade and still stay the same. Another issue is the polyvinyl chloride needles on the artificial trees that are being fabricated with lead (dangerous element to the health). Of course now the market is trying to produce non-toxic trees to accommodate our preferences.

I personally have an artificial tree just because this tree has been in our family for years, but after doing my research, I will definitely have a real pine tree in my future living room.


For all you designers and decorators looking for a place to buy your natural pine tree, visit your local ikea store....This is their special offer this season!

After reading the PROS and CONS, you can now take your decision and see which path you'll take. Below you will see different Christmas tree decorating ideas from different people....Enjoy and BE INSPIRED!




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