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, 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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