Christmas time takes a lot of preparation. In addition to buying presents and cooking delicious food, people’s minds are also busy with decorating their homes. Let’s see how to create an atmosphere of magic and holiday at home, while also producing minimal waste.
There’s no escaping it: mass-market artificial Christmas trees are not eco-friendly at all. They’re made of plastic and metal; a combination that’s hard to separate. Hence, their chances for recycling are equal to zero. Besides, artificial trees are mostly made of toxic PVC plastic, which negatively impacts people and the environment throughout the product's life cycle. The only time we would recommend you use an artificial tree is if you already have one. In that case, it is better to keep your old tree rather than throwing it away and buying a real one instead.
Christmas trees are grown to be cut. So, if you buy a real Christmas tree, look at where it comes from and how it's been grown to be sure that forests won’t suffer for it. Additionally, a tree from a local farmer or supplier will be a greener option than one that's travelled a long distance to the shop. This is because you’ll be reducing its transportation carbon footprint. Make sure you shred and compost your tree after usage, or recycle it with your local community facility.
But really—as our regular readers know very well by now—the truly zero waste choice is to reuse items instead of buying new. With that in mind, here are some ideas for the most eco-friendly Christmas tree options:
Now you know which Christmas tree to choose, let’s decorate it! If you already have decorations then of course, reuse them! But if you don’t have any, or want to freshen up your festive decorations, try adorning it with:
The well-known proverb says: if you want to do it well (or in our case, eco-friendly), do it yourself. So, in order to avoid adding more plastic to your house, use your creativity to make a unique Christmas wreath by:
In winter, cheap, sparkling tinsel garlands fill the markets and, unfortunately, our homes. Being made of PVC plastic and aluminium, they’re not recyclable. But luckily, there are lots of alternatives to toxic tinsel:
Christmas won’t come if you don’t put up at least one twinkling garland at home! Of course, it’s just a joke, but nonetheless 150 million light sets are sold yearly in the USA alone. And with most Christmas lights being environmentally unfriendly, it’s not a very funny joke. Here are some tips that can help you to light up your home in the most environmentally-friendly way:
As you can see, Christmas decorations can be eco-friendly. We hope you liked our suggestions. Have you got any creative waste-reducing decoration tips of your own? We’d love to hear them! Share them on social media, and tag World Clean Up Day.
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