First, let me say that we recommend going with a real Christmas tree if possible (read more about why here). But what if allergies make having a live tree in your home impossible and you can’t afford to invest in a PVC-free Christmas tree this year? It’s a totally legitimate question, and one that we’ve been getting non-stop this season.
How to Use a PVC Christmas Tree More Safely
It’s no doubt that polyethylene (PE) Christmas trees are definitely more expensive, and we’re only talking about a couple of weeks out of the year here, right? I believe it’s possible to strike a balance when it comes to living a safe, natural life, so let’s work through this tricky situation together.
As you know, toxic PVC plastic is no joke, so keep in mind that there’s no perfect solution to having a big pile of it sitting in your living room…
Let’s start with the good news: if you have an older tree, it off-gasses those volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for a few days up to about four weeks.
Here’s what I recommend:
- Damp mop and/or vacuum the whole area on a regular basis (learn more about how to do it really well here)
- Teach your kiddos not to touch the tree (seriously – it doesn’t take much lead to cause a problem in growing children!)
- Wear gloves when assembling the tree – especially if you’re pregnant
- Save up for a safer Christmas tree next year
How will you be handling your artificial Christmas tree this year?