Artificial Christmas Trees: PVC, PP and PE explained


More often than not you will find artificial Christmas tree product information stating that they have been made from PE (Polyethylene), PP (Polypropylene) or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), which for many of us is total scientific jargon. However, it is important to know what they both are when it comes to making the decision on what tree you want to buy, particularly if you are purchasing online and cannot see the tree first-hand.


PE, PP and PVC refer to the materials as well as the techniques used to create the product; they have an impact on how realistic the tree looks as well as on the strength of the needles.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

PVC is what most artificial Christmas trees used to solely be made from. The needles are created by cutting from flat pressed sheets, before being twisted between two lengths of wire to produce the branches.

PP (Polypropylene)
PP are strong needle realistic trees, quite often mixed in with either PVC or PE. These thin needles are stronger than PVC, yet not as strong as PE.

PE (Polyethylene)
PE has recently become a popular alternative to the traditional PVC construction as a result of manufacturing advances. This is because PE gives the tree a far more realistic appearance, having been molded from impressions taken from actual trees. In turn, this provides the tree with a much more three dimensional tree branch. However, this does mean that PE trees are quite often priced higher than PVC trees.

Mixtures
To make the decision a bit easier, you can also find trees that have been combined with a mixture of any two of the materials. These blend subtly into one another and quite often give a pleasant two-tone shade of green to your tree to really make it stand out.