At first glance it would seem logical that a real tree grown from tree farms would be the most environmentally sustainable Christmas tree but this might not be the case. The downside of a real tree is that a new one is required each year. The old trees end up in landfills in most cases. According to a recent New York Times article, real Christmas trees have a bigger impact on greenhouse emission, water and energy use then artificial Christmas trees. So are artificial Christmas trees more environmentally sustainable then real trees? They might be but let’s look at the argument against them. The drawback to artificial Christmas trees is they are made of plastic and not made from recycled materials. Nearly 10 million artificial Christmas trees are purchased in the USA each year. According to USA Today, 90 percent of these trees are manufactured in China and shipped across the world resulting in an increase in carbon emissions.