Buy a real Christmas tree
If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to get a real Christmas tree or to buy a fake one, wonder no more! According to the Washington Nature Conservatory, buying a real tree from a local Christmas tree farm is the most environmentally friendly option. Here’s why. While the trees are maturing, they are absorbing CO2 from the air. When a tree is harvested, tree farms plant 1-3 seedlings in its place. When you support a local tree farm, it ensures the land will be used for trees and not used for agriculture or sold to developers.
Also, fake Christmas trees are made out of plastic, most of which does not come from recycled sources and the trees themselves are not recyclable and will end up in landfill. Not to mention the resources needed to create the tree and the pollution caused.
When Christmas is over, you can put the real tree in your backyard to become shelter for local animals and insects or you can put it out for city collection on compost day where it will degrade back into nutrient rich soil.