SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS TREES
Check Out These Eco- Friendly Alternatives!
Every year, millions of people purchase live Christmas trees or opt for their old plastic ones. However, both of these trees eventually end up in landfills and are not sustainable, long- term options. The good news is, there are even better alternatives to plastic trees and there are also proper ways to purchase and discard of a live tree!
If you love the idea ( and smell!) of a live tree, fear not, you don't have to give up this tradition! Simply chose a potted tree that still has its roots intact, as opposed to one that has been chopped down. Once the holidays are over, you can then plant the tree, alternatively, some farms will take these trees back to replant so they can be used again next year! Don't forget to speak to farmers about their protocol when live animals are found living in the trees.
If you have allergies, cats, limited space, etc. a live tree might not be a good option for you. However, if your family would still enjoy something earthy and tree- shaped, driftwood or sticks is a great alternative! There are many beautiful pre- made driftwood trees you can buy, however, making them is easy and free; there are many tutorials online using simply sticks and twine.
Opt to go tree- less and decorate a plant or tree that is already in your house or in your yard! This is the most sustainable option and it can be used by your family year after year. Talk about an eco- friendly tradition!
Regardless of which type of tree your family chooses this year, remember to be conscientious of what goes onto the tree, as decorations can end up in landfill as well. Create your own cardboard cutouts and have your children color them, collect fallen pine cones and hang them from the tree, or create a popcorn garland using hemp string ( you can always slide the popcorn off and reuse the string). When you choose environmentally- friendly alternatives to a traditional Christmas tree, you will cut down on waste and protect the forests and wildlife habitats at the same time. ◆