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Christmas Trees by the Numbers

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Christmas trees play a central role in the holiday season. We spend time with family picking them out or even cutting down our own, place our gifts under them, and enjoy many cold winter nights admiring their lights and delicate ornaments.

As the upcoming holiday approaches, here are some interesting facts about Christmas trees to share over the holiday dinner table.

Christmas Tree Production in America

  • Although many love the smell of fresh pine, the majority of Americans display an artificial Christmas tree — 63% of households, to be exact. Only 24% of households have a real tree. 
  • There are approximately 15,000 Christmas tree farms across the country, employing about 100,000 people.
  • The vast majority of Christmas trees are grown on farms located in Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, and New York.
  • Approximately 98% of Christmas trees — about 350 million — are grown on farms.
  • Even though they’re sold only once a year, Christmas trees generate a lot of money. In 2019, consumers spent $4.8 billion on Christmas trees (real or fake) in the U.S.
  • It takes about 8 years for a Christmas tree to achieve a height of 6 to 7 feet.
  • To keep their farms replenished Christmas tree farmers plant between 1 and 3 new seedlings for every harvested tree.

Real and Artificial Christmas Tree Sustainability

  • Although they’re reusable for a certain amount of time, artificial trees have a higher carbon footprint than real, felled Christmas trees, as the vast majority of artificial models are made of PVC, which doesn’t decompose and creates hazardous fumes during the production process.
  • Christmas tree farms, on the other hand, are good for the environment as they can consume up to 12,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year. 
  • The main sustainability issues with real Christmas trees involve the amount of fuel used to deliver them around the country, the amount of fuel used by consumers when picking up their trees, and tree disposal.
  • There are over 4,000 Christmas tree recycling programs across the U.S.

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Real Versus Fake: Fun Facts About Christmas Tree Sales in America

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Many years ago, a right jolly TIBCO data scientist created SPOTFIRE visualizations of Christmas tree sales in America, and now every year at this time we like to unwrap our favorite Christmas tree sales trends, exchange the latest consumer insights, and share what we find with you. Because we know you’ve been good.  

Oregon still produces the most Christmas trees, followed by North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The North Pole has yet to crack the top 50. 

Digging a bit deeper, we see that the Midwest likes keeping it real. Both Ohio and Michigan, for example, over-index for total tree-producing counties as a percentage of their total land area.

Oh. If you observed that visualization is a treemap of trees, you earned a little something extra in your stocking. 

Artificial vs. Real Tree Sales

You may be surprised to learn that Sears and Roebuck sold the first artificial Christmas tree way back in 1883. But in the battle of “pine versus plastic,” real Christmas tree sales top fake trees every year. 

However, sales of artificial trees have been on the rise, with their largest proportional share reaching 44 percent of all tree sales in 2017, followed in 2018 with their all-time high mark for gross sales in the aggregate. Illustrated below in traditional bar and line charts as well as the new Spotfire Mods Spider chart.

You can give your loved ones a brand new car this holiday season or wow them with this knowledge, your choice. The reason why 85 percent of trees on display are artificial, despite the annual pine versus plastic sales differential, is because artificial Christmas trees last an average of 10 years. Real trees are disposed of after the holidays.

Christmas Tree Prices Are Up

Sometimes, you get socks. Prices for both real and fake Christmas trees are up this year. Real Christmas tree prices have doubled since 2015, while prices of artificial Christmas trees have climbed nearly 30 percent in the past year alone. Mean Burgermeisters and supply chain issues are the primary culprit.

Farm to Tabletop

Having gone over the river and through the woods in search of a tree for the holidays, this was a surprise: a whopping 98 percent of real Christmas trees sold in the United States are grown on farms, while 80 percent of artificial trees are manufactured in China.  

And did you know the last time a non-fir was chosen for the official White House Christmas tree was back in 1996? It was a blue spruce from Ohio. 

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Because 2020 was a rare “Black Swan,” a forecast modeled after historical data alone obviously isn’t a best practice and is not advised. Perhaps a custom Seasonality analysis is in store for Santa’s workshop in 2022?

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About 48% of Russians choose artificial trees for the holidays. But this is not always better for nature - it all depends on how many years a person will use the same Christmas tree.

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How live and artificial Christmas trees affect the environment

Living trees

Every year around 120 million trees are cut down around the world for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Usually spruces, pines and firs are used. A tree about two meters high grows for an average of seven years.

Nurseries and forestry stock the bulk of legal Christmas trees in Russia. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, experts control the felling of trees, it is allowed only in certain places so as not to harm the forest.

Another part of the trees is cut down during the construction or cleaning of power lines, railways and roads, pipelines and firebreaks. Since these trees were not grown specifically for the holidays, they are considered less beautiful than those brought from the Scandinavian countries, Canada and Poland.

Preparation of Christmas trees Izvestia

Natural conifers may be grown by farmers using pesticides and chemical fertilizers that are harmful to the environment and human health. They sometimes use herbicides such as glyphosate, which often poison plantation workers.

But farmers are increasingly choosing pest-resistant trees to reduce pesticide use and costs. And in some countries, for the growth of Christmas trees, land is used that is unsuitable for growing other crops.

Artificial trees

They are chosen by 48% of Russians and more than 80% of the US population. About 10 million such Christmas trees are purchased in the country every season.

Approximately 80% of non-living trees are produced in China. The following materials are used for manufacturing:

  • Petroleum plastic - polyvinyl chloride. Its production leads to the release of dioxin, ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride, which increase the risk of cancer and affect the human immune system.
  • Steel, aluminum and cardboard for packaging and shipping.
  • Spray white latex paint to make the branches look like they are covered in snow.
  • Lead for artificial needles. It affects the health of the kidneys, nervous and reproductive systems.

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Producing a dead Christmas tree emits more carbon dioxide than growing a real one. The increase in the concentration of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere leads to climate change, an increase in the number of natural disasters and temperature fluctuations.

  • The production and disposal of one artificial tree about two meters high releases approximately 40 kg of greenhouse gases. About two-thirds of a tree's carbon footprint is the plastic it's made from.
  • The total carbon footprint of a living Christmas tree is 2. 6 kg. If it is thrown into a landfill, then the figure will increase to 16 kg, the same amount is allocated by the production of 160 paper cups.

A study by the American Christmas Tree Association says that, when compared over the entire life cycle, a real tree has a lower environmental impact than a fake tree. But the latter will be more environmentally friendly than the living one if you use it for several years in a row.

The association stated that one tree must be used for at least five years. The British organization that helps companies in sustainable development, the Carbon Trust, believes that at least ten years are needed, and Greenpeace - 20 years. On average, in the United States, one artificial spruce experiences about six holidays.

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Which tree to choose

If there is no Christmas tree at home, WWF recommends buying a living one. But you need to buy it only in specialized organizations: forestries, at legal Christmas fairs and in stores that have the appropriate documents. If it is cut down illegally, then this can lead to the degradation of forest ecosystems, since poachers do not plant a new tree to replace the cut one.

With the right approach to forest management, Christmas trees can be produced without much damage to nature. For example, in the United States, more than 50% of forests are private, the purchase of trees gives landowners profit, and farmers plant 1-3 new seedlings in place of the purchased coniferous.

Farmers prepare a Christmas tree for sale in the United States. NBC

You can cut down a Christmas tree in Russia on your own, but not in all regions. To do this, you need to go to the website of the local forest department, department or ministry of nature, find a list of forest areas, select the nearest one and ask for permission.

If the answer is yes, the person goes to the forestry, concludes a contract of sale for a tree of a certain height and, together with the forester, goes to a place where a Christmas tree can be cut down.

Another way to use live conifers in an environmentally friendly way is to rent potted Christmas trees. But WWF says that this does not help restore forest ecosystems in Russia. For such trees to survive until spring, complex care is needed throughout the winter, and even this does not guarantee that they will survive.

If you still choose an artificial tree, you can buy used or made from recyclable materials. The American Tree Association claims that real and artificial trees make up less than 0.1% of our annual human carbon footprint.

Processing of trees after the holiday

Natural wood, unlike plastic, is completely biodegradable. But if you throw it in a landfill after the holidays, it will release methane when it decomposes. This greenhouse gas is 25 times more potent than carbon.

When burned, for example, on a fire, the tree emits carbon dioxide, which accumulated during growth. It is better to cut it or spread it around the garden - this will reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.

Real trees can be recycled: in the process, they are turned into chips and covered in the ground around the seedlings. In some cities, Christmas trees are taken to zoos: they are used to make bedding or feed them to animals.

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If it is not possible to hand over the tree for recycling, then it is not worth throwing it into the garbage chute or the general waste container in the house. Wood can damage equipment.

You can throw it into large bins that are in the yards. But if there are none, then it is necessary to cut off all the branches from the tree, saw it, fasten the branches and the trunk and put it in the trash can in this form.

There are several other methods to minimize the negative impact:

  • Tree branches can be used to protect the roots of some plants from sudden changes in temperature.
  • Chopped up Christmas trees are suitable as mulch for other plants in the garden.
  • Branch needles can be stored in paper bags to retain their pungent odor and then used as a fragrance.

Most artificial trees are not recyclable and end up in landfills. They can be sold or donated for reuse.

Even if your house has a container designed for plastic, the artificial Christmas tree will not have to be sent to it, but to ordinary, unsorted waste.

Dmitry Nesterov, Greenpeace expert

In other cases, branches can be used to make wreaths, garlands or other arrangements, for example to decorate a house or garden. The most important thing is to use the materials for as long as possible, writes The Guardian.

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