Real versus fake? When it comes to Christmas trees, the answer is a ''no-brainer'', says Peter Ampt, a University of Sydney expert. ''Real is greener, for sure.''
Most real trees sold in Sydney are grown locally and the required transportation is minimal. In contrast, the majority of artificial trees are made in China, using aluminium and plastics, requiring energy to transport, manufacture and ship to markets around the world, said Mr Ampt, who lectures in natural resource management.