Morning Consult released the results of a 2020 poll which showed that two-thirds of adults prefer artificial trees to real ones. Compared to other generations, Baby Boomers, had the highest level of favorability for artificial trees, followed by Generation Z. It is interesting that the highest levels were recorded by the youngest and oldest generations in the United States.
How do regional preferences for artificial versus real Christmas trees vary?
|Region||Buy real tree||Don’t celebrate Christmas||Buy ariticial tree||Reuse artificial tree|
Source: Morning Consult
Where can I find a Black Friday deal for an artificial tree?
For those looking to purchase an artificial tree this year, some businesses are offering Black Friday deals. Morning Consult also found that most shoppers, seventy-eight percent, plan to do their Black Friday shopping online. Most will be happy to know that retailers are offering online deals on artificial Christmas trees.
Michaels, the store which is most commonly known as a craft retailer is also a major seller of artificial trees. Michaels will be offering deals for trees over the next week. One of the best deals is a seven-foot pre-lit option for $79.99.
Target will include many artificial Christmas trees in their Black Friday deals. Depending on the size and light features, customers will be able to trees between $20 and $4,000. The trees can be purchased in-store or online and will qualify for the deal.
In anticipation of Black Friday, Walmart has already released the details of which trees will be discounted during the day of deals. Customers will be able to find pre-lit and non-lit trees as a part of the promotion.
Are artificial trees most environmentally friendly than real Christmas trees?
Many households opt for artificial trees believing that it is more environmentally friendly.
While there is a release of carbon from the decomposition of a real Christmas tree, it does not compare to the environmental impact that creation of an artificial one has. Science Focus took a look at this comparison and found that the artificial option will release around forty kilograms of carbon dioxide, while the real tree “that ends up in a wood chipper or bonfire has a carbon footprint of 3.5kg of carbon dioxide.” If it ends up in a landfill, the CO2 calculation jumps to sixteen but it is still far less than that of an artificial tree.
The scientists who examined the difference say that for an artificial tree to make up the difference the household would need to use the tree for “12 years to make it greener than a real tree that was burned.”