Artificial tree, after production
After being manufactured and assembled in China, a truck transports the artificial Christmas tree from the factory to the harbor in China. It is then transported to a US port on a container ship, then on a truck from the port to a storage facility to a retailer. From the retailer, the customer takes the artificial Christmas tree home in a passenger vehicle. When the artificial tree’s life is over, it is taken to a landfill where it takes 500+ years to decompose.
Real tree, after it is cut down
After a real tree is cut down, it is typically transported home in a passenger vehicle. When the real tree’s life is over, it can be composted or turned into mulch. If a consumer chooses to take it to a landfill, it will take less than six months to decompose.
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