Christmas Trees- Real vs. Fake
Tis the season to be jolly! Tra la la la laaa la la la laaaaa! Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum! Or maybe just a glass!
But seriously, is the whole Christmas Tree thing eco friendly? It would be a shame to think that all of those thousands of green Christmas trees that get cut down each November are damaging to the environment.
Well if the farms that grow the trees are considering themselves green then they might use organic pesticides and herbicides. And they should plant one or two trees to replace the Christmas Tree. So this can help us keep peace of mind when putting a dead tree in your living room just to throw it away after Christmas.
The transportation of Christmas Trees is surely damaging to the environment. Loads of trees that are sold in the UK are grown in Denmark, Norway or even Ireland. So with all of those thousands of miles that must be consumed to get your tree to you must have a huge effect on the environment.
Buy Locally Grown Christmas Trees! Or Else!
To cut down the pollution caused by the transportation of Christmas Trees each year why not get your tree from a local grower? OK you may still have to get in your car to go to your local Christmas Tree supplier but hey we can’t be hobbits for the rest of our lives! You could even choose a tree that is still in the ground so it can be cut for you! You can’t get much fresher than that!
How Do You Get Rid Of Your Cut Christmas Tree?
Leave it the back garden and hope that it vanishes? Maybe not, you can recycle your Christmas Tree so it gets turned in to a mulch for your garden. Don’t just try and shove it in a bin bag!
Or…. Try A Living Christmas Tree
Go for a pot grown Christmas Tree, not potted because they are just like cut trees that have been shoved into a pot with soil and have no chance of survival after Christmas. If you get a good pot grown tree with roots then you can keep it in the garden for the rest of the year ready for next Christmas (as long as it is not too big for your living room).
Is Plastic Fantastic?
The other option is to go for the plastic fake Christmas Trees which resemble a toilet brush. No matter how much it looks like a real Christmas Tree, it’s really not the same is it? But they last for years and years without the mess.
So which is the greener option? Real or Fake Christmas Trees?
What kind of Christmas Tree do you get?
Know Your Christmas Trees
Norway Spruce- The old traditional type of Christmas Tree. Cheap and cheerful but a bit prickly. And don’t sneeze near them at risk of all of their needles falling on the carpet.
Nordman Fir- Bushy and glossy looking and nicer to touch. And won’t leave a load of needles on your carpet being low needle drop.
Feeling festive yet? It will creep up on us before we know it. But what type of Christmas Tree are you going to get? And is it an Eco Friendly Christmas Tree?