SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Now that it's the holiday season, many of our viewers will be putting up a Christmas tree. But should you head to the lot to pick up another live tree, or is this the year to get a fake one that will last for years to come?
That decision may have an lasting impact on the environment.
More than 33 million Christmas trees will be sold this year, and the Home Depot in Clairemont expects to sell 10,000. To transport those trees takes a lot of energy, so some are turning to faux trees without giving up on appearance. However, older artificial trees carried a warning about handling them.
"That's actually a thing of the past as far as lead or something like that, especially here in California, you can't even bring lead products into the state anymore," Mike Pelitier of Home Depot said.
Both the faux and real trees produce carbon dioxide from transportation. A real tree will absorb one ton of CO2 in its lifetime, and one acre of trees will produce enough oxygen for 18 people daily.
Faux trees do help keep old Christmas trees out of landfills, but "treecycling" now accounts
for 93 percent of the trees nationwide that are turned into mulch.