The Christmas tree, an increasingly “green” business-man

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He is the star of the day! The Christmas tree is a small business that does not know the crisis, whether health or other, and good for the environment if it is natural. A few figures before jumping on the gifts hidden by its august branches.

If the Christmas tree was a business, it would fill the cash drawer. Covid or no Covid, it populates French homes as easily as an Omicron variant is about to do. With our-planet.info, we are going to give you the economic details, before you sit down to eat with your family and try to forget a pandemic which is not a gift.

  • In 2019, 6.9 million Christmas trees (natural and artificial) were sold in France for the Christmas holidays, including 5.8 million natural trees.
  • The cost of the natural Christmas tree increases every year: it reached an average of nearly 27.2 euros in 2019 compared to 23.2 euros in 2010 for a market which recorded a turnover of 158.9 million euros two years ago.
  • 84% of the trees were natural against 16% artificial.
  • Nearly 80% of natural fir trees sold in France are grown in France.
  • The life cycle of an average sized Christmas tree is 7-10 years, while it is only used for a few weeks.
  • The Nordmann variety is France’s favorite fir tree with more than 78.3% market share by volume. Nordmann is more resistant over time, but also more expensive: 28.8 euro on average against 21.8 euro for spruce which has the merit of bringing an irreplaceable smell of fir in the house.
  • Producers have made efforts in terms of pesticides, since they use five times less pesticides than 10 years ago.
  • The Christmas tree can be recycled in a relatively ecological way: biodegradable, it can be transformed into wood chips or composted.
  • The cultivation of fir trees improves soil stability thanks to its root system (which can last for thousands of years!).
  • The French Christmas tree sector generates 1,000 permanent jobs but also 3,000 seasonal jobs.
  • In 2019, only 16% of French people chose the artificial tree. It is generally not biodegradable. It should be kept for at least 20 years to limit its environmental impact according to Adème.
  • In 2017, only 10% of French people had chosen in 2017 to take a Christmas tree with its roots. They thus have the possibility of replanting their tree, or keeping it for the following Christmas.
  • The tree should not be placed too close to heat sources or in a room heated to more than 17°C, and the needles should be misted regularly so as not to dry out.
  • In 2019, 51% of natural tree buyers dropped off their tree at a collection point (an increasing percentage) for it to be recycled, while 31% “recycled” it themselves.
  • For those who cannot do without this traditional symbol but take the future of the planet to heart, there is a solution: tree rental. According to 20 minutes, some companies offer to rent a Christmas tree for the holidays and replant it afterwards. Advantage of this solution, especially for those who do not have a garden or a large apartment: you have a tree which will continue to grow and which should not die at the bottom of a garbage can or be crushed. It can be reused for other Christmases, to finally be replanted in the ground and end up like a real tree: in nature!

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