Tis the sea­son to rent-a-tree

Re­mark­ably, plas­tic trees can be more ‘eco-friendly’ than the real thing. But green­est of all?

Daily Mail - - Christmas Life -

ArE you plan­ning to buy your Christ­mas tree this af­ter­noon? You’re not alone, as to­day is Bring Your Christ­mas Tree Home Day.

More Christ­mas trees will be pur­chased to­day than any other day of the year — and sur­veys show about 48 per cent of us will choose a real one rather than a fake one.

Half of us say the en­vi­ron­ment is a de­cid­ing fac­tor, and at first glance, a real tree seems the planet-friendly choice. But it’s not that sim­ple.

Seven mil­lion real trees are bought ev­ery Christ­mas in the UK, and as well as con­sid­er­a­tions such as where they’re grown and the en­ergy used to ship them, what hap­pens to them when we chuck them out can make a big dif­fer­ence to their car­bon foot­print.

also, while ar­ti­fi­cial trees made of un­re­cy­clable plas­tic take a lot of en­ergy to man­u­fac­ture, some kinds are less harm­ful than oth­ers. They can also last for years, which may bring their car­bon foot­print down. Then there are ‘trendy’ trees — arty cre­ations made of ply­wood or metal wrapped in wool, for ex­am­ple, with their own eco pros and cons.

Here, JENNY WOOD finds out which tree truly is the most green . . .

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