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Are real or fake Christmas trees better for the environment?

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If you celebrate Christmas, you may have spent a portion of your life debating whether it's better to get a real or fake tree for the holidays.

You may have had this debate with the same person more than once.

This debate, in recent years, may have turned into a discussion about whether getting a real or fake tree is better for the environment. In an attempt to quell any quarreling around the tannenbaum this year, below are a few blurbs about how to get the most out of either option.

Essentially, if proper disposal isn't on the mind of real tree truthers, and if members of team fake tree don't own their counterfeit conifer for about a decade, they're both doing it wrong.

Here's what The Weather Channel had to say on the topic:

...in most instances, whether you buy a farm-grown tree or an artificial one doesn’t change how much of an environmental impact you’ll have on the planet. Rather, what matters is how far you drive to get your evergreen, how you dispose of it and how long you use the artificial tree.

...if you have an artificial tree, keep it in the family for at least a decade. If you want a real tree, try to get one nearby to where you live and recycle or compost it. (Check your parks department for information about local programs.)

CNN says for a truly green Christmas, opt for no tree:

For a truly green Christmas there is always the option of doing away with a tree altogether and simply improvising with the plants already in your house.

"The bottom line is that neither tree has a significant impact on the environment ... If you want to lessen your impact on the environment, don't drive."

Here's HuffPo's bottom line on whether to buy real or fake:

...depending on a variety of factors, either option can be a good choice. If you have an artificial tree, reuse it for at least a decade and consider choosing a domestically manufactured, non-PVC option. If you want a real tree, get one close to where you live, and recycle or compost it when the season is over.

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