The smell of fresh pine wins every time!
The Tree will be adding that last piece of magic to the festive celebrations in many homes this season, BUT that perennial question comes up again: "Do we get real or artificial?"
We live in a throwaway culture here in Europe and the US under the illusion that waste is OK as long as we recycle. And if we're honest, this suits us just fine because it requires very little extra effort. Instead of putting our rubbish in the black bin, we put it in the green, brown, pink or [insert colour according to your local council here] bins and think no more about it - we can feel virtuous, we've done our part, now our empty cans will magically be turned into a shiny new aeroplane - go us!