What Christmas Tree is Best for the Environment?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Whilst more and more people are starting to get more concious about their ecological footprint, Christmas is still one of those periods where we consume a lot and produce a lot of waste.
So, what can we do to make this time of the year even more wonderful and have a more eco-friendly Christmas? I already made a blog post on eco-friendly Christmas gifts, but in this post we are talking about Christmas trees.
Most people choose to buy a Christmas tree for one year, and then dispose it after the holidays. As you can probably imagine, this is not the most sustainable thing to do. Usually it takes up to 8-10 years to grow a Christmas tree naturally. Farmers are using chemical nutrients to quicken the growth of the trees. The problem is that these chemicals severely pollute the environment. Not only is this pollution a problem, natural Christmas trees also require a lot of water.
Of course, this is something we don’t want. So what are the best options? What Christmas tree is best for the environment?
1. Rent a tree
The best option if you still really want a natural tree. The demand for renting Christmas trees has been increasing over the years, so you are probably able to find some rental places close to your home. Some even have a delivery service.
And when Christmas is over, you simply return the tree so it can keep growing. Always make sure it’s grown sustainably though, by looking for the FSC or Soil Association logo.
2. An artificial tree
Artificial trees are not always the most eco-friendly way, but it can definitely be better than buying a new natural Christmas tree every year. When you do plan on buying an artificial tree, get one that is made from polyethylene plastic (PE) instead of a PVC trees. PVC contains damaging petroleum inputs, whereas PE is easier to recycle. The PE Christmas trees also have a more real feel and look.
Have the intention to use your Christmas tree for at least 20 years though. This will also save you a lot of money!
3. DIY a tree
4. Use and grow a tree
Another possibility is to buy a natural tree with roots and use it year after year. This might be cheaper, but it definitely needs some looking after. Again, make sure that the tree has either the FSC logo or the Soil Association logo.
Let me know what your solution is for a more environment friendly Christmas, and make sure to use the hashtag #mygreenpassion if you post about one of these options so I can have a look at them!