Plastic Christmas trees can not be recycled and ultimately fall into the landfill.
What is better for the environment? Is cutting a living tree or building from plastic and metal?
The biggest part of Christmas celebrations is decorated with pine wood. A dummy, a lamp, this scent of fresh pine.
This is a long tradition of origin that is difficult to pinpoint precisely, but it is that Christmas trees have been in existence for more than a thousand years.
Recently, today's plastic wood was considered easier for many, and often the argument is that the environment is a better reuse of plastic wood than to reduce the actual trees a year.
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However, experts argue that artificial trees are less environmentally friendly and should be avoided.
Almost all real Christmas trees sold in New Zealand are regular pine or Pinus radiata which were grown especially for harvest during the holidays.
Artificial wood is usually made of PVC plastics, steel and aluminum. Their main home was a landfill, because the different ingredients of each tree were blended together and therefore could not be recycled.
The new Gold representative, George Arthur-Amohau, said that the process of artificial tree building and, subsequently, supplying them around the world used significant energy and resources.
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"What we achieve is an unrealizable product with a limited life span," he said.
Arthur-Amohau stressed that if people already had plastic trees, they would have to hang on and use them for as long as possible.
"The extension of the life cycle of plastic products is an important part of their storage from landfills and the impact on our environment," he said.
Studies have estimated that something from 10 to over 20 years should be used for artificial wood to be as sustainable as a natural tree.
Arthur-Amohau said that the real tree that was cultivated sustainably and locally was a better way, but it was not necessary to turn the tree to enjoy it.
"I would say that it will never be so green, because no matter how many times you reuse your artificial tree, you will still have to dispose of it at some point – plus you will have to throw away all the plastic material that the tree descends only from exploitation for many years. .
"For the past couple of years, I am delighted that the growing number of kindergarten and garden centers sells live Christmas trees. As trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, buying a real tree, making it and using it like Many years, as you can before planting, is Great thing to do, "he said.
Arthur-Amohau said that it's good to see that people experiment with sustainable opportunities, not with an artificial or traditional tree. "I have seen people come up with a variety of creative alternatives, and they usually have a lot of fun that comes with really individual ways to decorate their homes."
Alternatives include the decoration of live plants, bumpers with larger trees, trees made of metal or wire, or cut out of wood.
"My favorite alternative was a huge wooden panel cut out in wood and decorated with family photographs, handmade decorations and small sentimental values. It's wonderful to see people looking for different Christmas decorations, and that's all because they are more important if they do it. considered environment. "