Acts of kind­ness (to care for your tree)

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The tra­di­tion of invit­ing na­ture into your home and spend­ing time, of­ten with loved ones, dec­o­rat­ing it is a special one. But whether real or faux, the busi­ness of Christ­mas trees can have se­ri­ous ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment, mak­ing our ev­er­greens look de­cid­edly less than green.

Buy­ing or rent­ing a real tree from a lo­cal farmer is a good start, es­pe­cially if they are on the list of ap­proved sup­pli­ers from the For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil, which en­sures sus­tain­able prac­tices (www.fsc-uk.org). How you dis­pose of your tree, too, can have a big im­pact. ”If you burn your Christ­mas tree on the bon re, plant it or have it chipped to spread on the gar­den, that signi cantly re­duces the car­bon foot­print by up to 80%,” ex­plains Dr John Kazer of the Car­bon Trust.

If you pre­fer an arti cial tree then the key is in how long it lasts. “You would need to use it for at least 10 Christ­mases for its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact to be lower than that of a real tree,” says Dr Kazer. And when it is time to move on, post it on FreeCy­cle or Ebay to ex­tend its life even more.

Visit www.car­bon­trust.com for more tips.

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