It has negative effects on the environment and nature because it leads to changes in climate and habitat. Soils, covered with plants, are moist. But without vegetation, they dry out. Many animals and plants cannot survive in newly changed conditions. Besides, trees absorb greenhouse gases, which can contribute to the greenhouse effect. More than that, trees are the source of oxygen. Each area of land, dedicated to growing Christmas trees will provide the daily oxygen, required by 18 people.
To add to it, a typical Nordman Fir (the most popular type of Christmas tree) has a life cycle of about 10 years. It takes to grow to 6ft. The average age of a Christmas tree when it is sold is 15. With baubles, tinsel and twinkling lights they come to homes to meet their end in a landfill. Only 10% of thrown Christmas tress are recycled in the UK.
Millions of trees are cut down all over the world because of Christmas holidays. According to statistic, 20,8 million trees have been cut down in America, 19 million in Germany, 9,2 million in France, 5,2 million in Belgium and 4,4 million in the UK. It was only in 2001 and 2002. Can you imagine how many trees will cut down in this year? According to statistic, in 2015 between 6 and 7 million real Christmas tree was sold in the UK. Now the country consumes more than 8 million trees annually (while in the United States between 35 and 40 million trees are sold during the Christmas season).
An artificial tree is a great solution!
The artificial tree doesn’t leave behind a huge mess and you can use it for many years. You can even add scent to the tree and it will look like a real one! But if you still want a real Christmas tree on holidays, you can plant it in the garden and provide care after it. This will be a wonderful alternative to the artificial or felled tree.
Though rates of cutting down have slowed a bit in recent years, thanks to businesses that grow and sell Christmas trees (National Christmas Tree Association), we should help the nature and simply stop cutting down Christmas trees.
Save the trees to breathe!
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