As Christmas approaches, those who do not yet have their tree will be able to find the answers to their questions thanks to Vincent Houis, organizer of the Natural Christmas Tree Association that we interviewed for you.
Why choose a natural tree?
The choice of a natural Christmas tree can be made for a whole of good reasons: - Compared to the artificial Christmas tree which is made in China, from plastics and metal difficult to recycle, the natural Christmas tree presents a much better carbon footprint. A Canadian study showed by making the Life Cycle Assessment that you would have to keep your artificial Christmas tree for 20 years to compete with the natural, which in fact is not the case, since the average life of an artificial is three years. - A "Made in France" product: 80% of the Christmas trees on the French market are French. This agricultural activity provides a livelihood for more than 800 producers in France. Short circuits and territorial marking procedures are emerging - An easily recyclable product.
What is the impact of a natural fir tree on the environment?
The culture of the Christmas tree is an agricultural culture belonging to the large horticultural family, the trees are specifically planted for the Christmas holidays, so there are no cuts of trees in the forest. The Christmas tree therefore has nothing to do with the problems of deforestation, rearing and other silvicultural issues. Like the vast majority of agricultural production, the culture of Christmas trees uses inputs, but producers are paying more and more attention to these questions and steps are being taken to produce cleaner.
Which variety is best for Christmas?
Tastes and colors cannot be ordered and the producers offer a panel of different species, each with their own assets in terms of shape, odor, color or hold of the needles. However, two species dominate the market, the Nordmann fir with flexible and shiny needles but with a weak odor and the common spruce with prickly needles and which hold less well on the tree but with the strong resin smell. is the traditional Christmas tree.
What is your advice for choosing it well?
You have to choose a fresh tree, do not hesitate to ask the seller to unpack it to appreciate its shape, its color and the holding of the needles, these must be flexible, shiny and not dull and brittle, the tree must be dense, well-stocked, regular. If the tree is in net, only by weight we can know if it is a very dense and bounced tree. The Christmas tree should be considered in the same way as a cut flower and installing it in a support with a water tank will allow you to enjoy it longer.
What can we do with the tree after Christmas?
Most communities of municipalities, agglomerations ... now organize the collection of Christmas trees either by voluntary deposit in skips or by collection days, do not hesitate to inquire. The trees will be crushed and composted or crushed and incinerated in boilers. More info on www.afsnn.fr