Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree: Fake vs Real?
by Paul Davies
What's Going On Here?
What Does This Mean?
According to the British Carbon Trust, if a natural tree ends up as splinters for woodwork or burnt as firewood, it has a 3.5 kg CO2 carbon footprint. But, if a tree ends up decomposing in a waste dump, then its footprint significantly increases to 16 kg.
The carbon footprint of an artificial tree (often metal and PVC) is a whole lot bigger, reaching 40 kg of CO2, so it would be more sustainable to re-use it for at least 12 years, compared to a natural one which ends up as splinters.
Why Should We Care?
So... when it comes to buying that tree:
(There are plenty of YouTube vids on re-planting Xmas trees, this one is fairly useless... but we did find it funny)
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