KORTEGAARD is aiming to have the lowest carbon footprint possible and our production is CO2 neutral.
Real vs artificial trees
It is widely accepted that real Christmas trees are more ECO-friendly than artificial trees.
Artificial trees are made of plastic, in turn made from oil. The Carbon Trust states that a 200 cm artificial tree has a carbon footprint which is:
- twice that of a real Christmas tree that ends up in landfill, and
- 10 times that of real Christmas trees that are burnt or chipped and spread on the garden
Real Christmas trees capture and store CO2 as they grow and release oxygen. In a 9-year life cycle, a nordmann fir Christmas tree stores about 16 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere.
On a Christmas tree farm, this works out at 13 tons of CO2 per hectare per year, which is twice as much as traditional deciduous forests. The reason for the high CO2 capture rate by Christmas trees is that they are grown close together as an agricultural crop. Each tree has several generations of needles – every year when a Christmas tree grows, a new generation of needles is added to the tree increasing the tree’s CO2 capture.
Fertilised Christmas trees are generally healthier and grow faster than non-fertilised and organic trees. The speed of the growth of fertilised Christmas trees increases the CO2 capture to approx. double that of non-fertilised and organic trees.
KORTEGAARD Christmas trees
Our trees are grown on Christmas tree farms, where a cut tree is replaced with at least one new tree, in a cyclical agricultural process. There is no net loss of forest or woodland in our production.
We aim to only use organic fertilisers to keep our Christmas trees as ECO-friendly as possible.
We usually deliver direct from our Christmas tree farms minimising travel distance so that as far as possible trees are delivered to garden centres spending the least possible time on the road always ensuring fresh, ECO-friendly Christmas trees.
Chipping & composting
Chipping and composting is the best method of disposing of a Christmas tree. It means that a Christmas tree serves another useful purpose in parks and gardens, and has negligible or even negative CO2 emissions. It is much better than sending it to landfill.
All employees are paid a living wage.