Christmas trees

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Christmas trees are natural or artificial coniferous evergreen trees intended to be decorated. This article is a comparison of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (carbon footprints) of real and artificial Christmas trees. The Christmas trees listed in WikiFootprints have GHG emissions ranging from about -3 to 19 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per tree. The method used to dispose of natural trees significantly effects the tree's carbon footprint.

Carbon Footprint[edit]

GHG Emissions from per tree[1]
Product Total
(kg CO2e)
(kg CO2e)
(kg CO2e)
(kg CO2e)
End of Life
(kg CO2e)
Artificial Christmas tree (6.5 ft, landfill) 18.58 12.51 4.22 0.88 0.98
Natural Christmas tree (6.5 ft, landfill) -3.13 -9.13 2.68 0.06 3.26
Natural Christmas tree (6.5 ft, composting) 4.68 -9.13 2.68 0.06 11.07
Natural Christmas tree (6.5 ft, incineration) 5.12 -9.13 2.68 0.06 11.51


  1. Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of an Artificial Christmas Tree and a Natural Christmas Tree. PE Americas, Nov. 2010. Web. 2 Dec. 2016. Archived