While there is no crystal-clear answer to the age-old “real versus fake” Christmas tree debate, most would agree that real trees are the better choice. Live trees are renewable resources, requiring only soil, sun, nutrients and water to grow. Artificial trees are typically made in China from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, which is produced from petroleum and associated with toxic pollution from production to disposal. Live trees don’t require space for storage and can easily be composted after the new year. We buy living trees at our house and plant them after the holiday — another option if you have the space!