3 Best Artificial Christmas Trees


| 12/8/2017 10:20:00 AM


Ah, the great tree debate. I love writing about this because there are so many good points. Artificial trees can contribute to major waste if cheap variations are purchased. And real trees, if not sustainably farmed or replanted, pose risk to our environment as well. Allergens and fungi have also been an expressed concern.

To me, it's a total toss up. I typically lean toward artificial because I know I'm committed to using it year after year, and recycling if it ever bites the dust. My childhood Christmases revolved around that simple hook-style, lovably unrealistic tree. These days construction has become more sustainable and recycling efforts have improved. Love me or hate me for it, but if you're sold too, here are the three best picks.

faux christmas tree without lights
Photo courtesy Oncor

Oncor

Concern over landfill waste causes some ill feelings toward the use of artificial trees. Oncor has been working to solve those problems by completely designing their trees from recycled material. They've changed some of the dynamics and stick to the old-school hook branch method, which improves the strength and lifespan of their trees. 30 years is the minimum projected time of usage for an Oncor tree.

Trees come in a recycled, sturdy cardboard box, which the company encourages customers to use as a storage method. Lastly, part of their proceeds fund a variation of charitable organizations.



LED pre-lit tree
Photo courtesy Tree Classics



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