5 HELPFUL ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS TREE IDEAS
We are fast approaching the festive season and the important decision of Christmas Tree selection is always a prime agenda item! Most of us love the idea of a big fluffy tree co-ordinating our interiors adorned with curios that bring back childhood nostalgia, however have you considered the sustainability aspect of trees and how you can take a eco-friendlier approach this year?
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Although I’m not surprised, when seeing the hard facts below, it really is the factuak evidence we need to try and at least change our practice or observe more responsibility during the season of good will.
I’ve lined up a few environmentally friendly options for you below to consider as after all, you can buy real tress, artificial trees, rent trees and even have alternative trees to be the envy of your neighbours!
1. Buy A Real Christmas Tree
A real Christmas tree is totally recyclable, 100% in fact and following the festivities can be mulched and the products used for gardening or woodchips. Christmas trees are normally grown as crops and not in wild forests so wildlife will not be displaced. Therefore, they are harvested, and more can be planted. If you do wish to buy a tree ensure you source one locally and support small farmers and communities where you live.
Top Tip: When buying a real tree, look out for a locally sourced and sustainably grown option, for example from a local farmer.
2. Rent A Real Christmas Tree
Did you know, you can rent a Christmas Tree just for the season of good will? A rented Christmas Tree is of course living and absorbs carbon dioxide and emits oxygen (opposite to what we do) and therefore perfect for the surrounding air.
These trees are generally grown through the year and are potted. This enables them to have a root-ball so that they can be replanted again for the following year. You can decorate the tree as normal and then remove the decorations and have the tree collected.
Sustainable Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas for your Eco-Friendly Tree
Recycled Newspaper Angel Decoration
These cute angles are made from 100% recycled newspaper by Paper High. Therefore each angel that you purchase not only looks good as a tree-topper or decoration, but also does good!
Alphabet Cork Christmas Baubles
These Eco-friendly baubles are made by Hickory Dickory Designs from sustainably sourced cork. They make a great contemporary alternative and you can include the initials of your nearest and dearest or just hang your whole name!
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3. A Sustainably Grown & Cut Christmas Tree
No not my personal choice but should you wish to buy a real Christmas tree that has been grown and then cut at the trunk then go as local as possible. For example, at least get one in the country you’re based (home grown). The suggestions below refer to UK based companies. For example, if you get a cut tree from the UK, then you’re not adding on the air miles that a tree would incur to arrive here thus helping to reduce the carbon footprint in travel and packaging a little.
Look for a farm where you can cut your own and cut on demand to reduce wastage. A cut tree will last approximately four weeks and you can keep it in water outside for as long as possible.
These are two FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests, which are managed responsibly.
Search for Christmas trees for sustainably grown Christmas Trees in your area Forestry England.
4. Pot Grown Living Christmas Trees
A pot grown Christmas tree is an option that I personally love as it has all of its roots intact and following the Christmas period, you can replant it in the garden or even re-pot it. These trees can last indoors for around two weeks.
Additionally, if you fancy buying a gift of a Christmas Tree, look no further than the Letterbox/Twinkle Christmas Tree by Bloom & Wild
One that I personally adore and have received as a gift myself. These mini trees have a 12cm pop up pot, with soil and come packed in recyclable and compostable packaging. The glass baubles can be reused and the tree planted outside for use year after year. Oh and it all fits into your letterbox!
5. Alternative Christmas Trees
Did you know you can search for artificial trees on second-hand sites such as Freecycle and even charity shops so you can give a new lease of life to a pre-used tree?
Top Tip For more of a modern Christmas twist, you could consider a tree made out of recyclable or degradable materials such as wood but ensure you check the FSC label to ensure you’re purchasing from a responsible source.
3ft Natural Driftwood Christmas Tree
These beautiful trees are made by Doris Brixham and are not just for Christmas! They are made from bits of driftwood, which has been collected during beach combing around the UK coastline.
Alternative Oak Christmas Tree
This truly is a “Tree for Life’ and can be passed down through the generations. The solid Oak base, all the branches and the delicate finial on the top, are all individually handmade by The Natural Wood Company, out of sustainably forested (FSC) kiln dried Oak, sanded smooth, then sealed in a clear hard wearing wax oil, this enhances the Oak’s beautiful warm colours and leaves the Oak with a beautifully tactile finish.
I hope you find some of the sustainable Christmas tree options useful here when coming to choose your own tree. Let me know in the comments below what you’ll be opting for…
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