Check Out Th­ese Eco- Friendly Al­ter­na­tives!

Raise Vegan - - Contents - Story by Emilly Kru @ emi­lykru

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. ◆

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