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5 Myths About Artificial Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas Trees have had a bad reputation for years. Myths surrounding artificial trees have turned off customers to their convenience, beauty and economy. We think it’s time to debunk these fallacies to show that artificial Christmas trees aren’t the bad guys.

Myth #1: Artificial Christmas trees are bad for your health.

This myth has been spread by those who prefer real trees to artificial because the latter is “all natural”. However, with “all natural” trees come a lot of hazards for your family and pets. Real trees trigger allergies; according to this article on USNews.com, Connecticut researchers found that mold count from the branches of live trees rose five times when brought indoors. The mold from Christmas trees spike allergic rhinitis and asthma symptoms in both children and adults.

Artificial Christmas trees and their complementing artificial Christmas garlands are made of PVC and polyethylene plastic, which do not trigger allergies and asthma symptoms.

Myth #2: Artificial Christmas Trees look unrealistic.

While early versions of the artificial Christmas tree look far from the real thing, trees nowadays have greatly exceeded the quality of realism and construction of their predecessors. Technology has fine-tuned the process of designing these trees, putting them a far cry from the aluminum Christmas trees of the past. While some people love the vintage and stylish look of silver trees, many long for the appearance of real pine trees. Some Christmas tree designers use a mix of PVC and polyethylene plastic to heighten realism in their trees, and use varying coloring techniques to mimic the change of hues of leaves from new growth to mature branches. Methods and procedures have changed with the artificial tree industry to produce fine trees that can fool even the most discerning eye.

Myth #3: Artificial Christmas Trees harm the environment.

The PVC plastic that is used on artificial trees are chemically and mechanically stable and does not affect human health, according to the American Christmas Tree Association in their article, “Facts on PVC Used in Artificial Christmas Trees”. Only 70 percent of the energy needed to produce other plastics is used to make PVC, meaning less carbon dioxide emissions from factories. PVC is in fact used in many household applications like water and sewage pipes, electrical lines and tents. They also maintain that the PVC used in trees are of extremely high quality and can last up to twenty years.

Myth #4: Artificial Christmas Trees are more expensive than real trees.

While the initial cost of artificial trees may be more than a purchase of a real tree, people use artificial trees for years. Artificial trees can be used for over a decade with proper care. Built to last, be stored and reassembled year after year, artificial trees can endure the wear and tear that real trees cannot. Also, there are different cost ranges of trees, from less than $100 to more than $1000; it just depends on the preference of the customer and the quality they expect with their purchase.

Compare buying a $500 artificial tree to paying $75 for a real tree every year. By buying a tree you can use year after year, you'll be saving more in the process. There are additional expenses to the $75 purchase every year, including gas to get to the farm, maintaining your carpet or wood floors that get scratched or spilled on with treated water, and maintenance of the tree. The $500 artificial tree provides several years of use without going back and forth each year to pick out a tree.

Myth #5: Artificial Christmas Trees are difficult to assemble and maintain.

Most modern Christmas trees come with five or six parts to put together and take anywhere from 30-90 minutes to setup. Some even come with storage bags that cover a standing tree, so you don’t have to set up the tree next season. Other trees just drop into place from box to stand to bag, and most trees now come with hinged branches.

With all these convenient features, the myth that artificial trees take too much time to put together is completely debunked. Real trees, on the other hand, take time and care to make last for the season. Maintenance includes watering, sweeping up the needles that will eventually drop from the tree, and cleaning it thoroughly to prevent the spread of mold. Compared to a fresh Christmas tree, taking care of an artificial Christmas tree is a breeze.

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