Acts of kindness (to care for your tree)
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.