Ideas to buy your Eco friendly tree

This issue has become an annual dilemma. A real Christmas tree seems the most ecological and natural option, but the data states that millions of them are bought every December. That's a lot of intensive tree production, and potentially a lot of waste left behind these dates.

It is true that fake plastic trees last for years, and today manufacturers have made them look very realistic. But it is also true that they require enormous amounts of energy to manufacture them. And they produce even more synthetic waste to be disposed of in the future.

So let's look at the options in more detail.

1. Artificial trees

If you already have a fake tree, it is best to continue using it, and get it to last as long as possible. But if what you need is a new tree, use greener options when you finally try to replace it.

If you make the decision to buy an artificial Christmas tree whose useful life is only a few years, it is an unsustainable choice, because the vast majority of artificial Christmas trees are made of plastic and, often, of PVC. And, if you did not know this information, most of them are imported from China. This artificial tree generates a double dose of problems on the planet: harmful toxic materials and emissions.

This artificial tree generates a double dose of problems on the planet: harmful toxic materials and emissions.

2. Real trees

If when you go to buy your new natural Christmas tree, and you want to be sure that it is a tree that has grown in a sustainable way, not in a way that is harmful to the environment, look for the FSC certification logo. If you want a tree that is certified as organic and free of pesticides, obtain one that is approved by the Rainforest Alliance.

Kind of eco-friendly

A good option is to buy your Christmas tree from a local farm. You must bear in mind that, to be ecofriendly, the farm must plant and harvest an annual renewal cycle, this means that they plant in the spring, harvest in the fall, and always have new trees growing. It would be an extra point if you can find an organic Christmas tree farm, this is a better choice if you make sure to recycle your tree after Christmas.

3. Grow your own

Buying a tree with roots and keeping it in a pot during the holidays will allow you to grow it outside and use it again next year. In this way you can reduce your environmental impact and also the economic cost is lower than if you buy it every year. But it is true that they need a little care, and you will need a large pot.

Another interesting and original alternative, if you feel a bit radical or non-traditional, is to get a large indoor perennial plant, such as a yucca, palm, fig, etc., and decorate it at Christmas.

4. Recycling real trees

Nowadays, many more Christmas trees are recycled now than 10 years ago. There are more and more places where people can leave their tree after Christmas, after removing all the decoration, as is evident. Or, you always have another option, which is to take them to your nearest municipal / recycling center.

In these recycling sites the trees are crushed and then used as mulch for the plants of the parks or on the trails of the forests, this generates an intoxicating instant smell of pine forest. A second alternative is to leave it rotten and recycled as compost.

5. Tree rental

More and more garden centers and plant nurseries, among other centers, offer a Christmas tree rental service during the Christmas season, it is clear that it is a good solution. Even, in many cases, they will deliver and pick up the tree to save you the trouble. And the tree may continue to grow after it is returned.

These warnings apply to the purchase of your own tree, so you have to make sure that it has grown sustainably, for which you should look for the FSC or Rainforest Alliance logo.

Alternative Christmas tree choices

It is true that these options may not be as fun in a traditional sense, or not smell as good as a real tree, but is the ecological alternatives you can choose.

Original christmas tree

6. Have no tree

Decorate a standing tree on your property

Decorate a tree made at home with recycled paper or other recycled objects. You can also choose an original Christmas tree, which is unique and very ecological, as one of the following options...

Plant your own Christmas Tree

Growing your own Christmas tree will take a little bit of your time, but it will result in a tree more ecological, more fragrant and that will last more years, since you will be responsible for bringing you the energy and care you need. With a bit of dirt and patience, it's not hard to do. It is not about carrying out a large-scale plantation, only one tree per year for personal use.

Whether you have a medium garden or a small plot of land without any planting, it is very likely that you already have a potential Christmas tree. First, you must know how to recognize one, for this they must fulfill the following characteristics: initially it must be a small and healthy native conifer with a straight stem. It can be a fir or a pine. Even the elegant hemlock is an attractive tree if you put a light decoration. The first rule, of course, is to make sure it is on your property.

7. Nurture the Tree... for Christmas

If the tree is nude on the one hand, you can eliminate everything that is growing around it to admit more sunlight. If you are surrounded by adjacent siblings, you may want to transplant it. It is advisable to separate in spring at least one young tree from a group of first, planted naturally in its plot. Tangled roots reproduce quite easily in soggy soil. Then you have to relocate the tree in a hole full of compost in an open area within the area surrounding your house or in your garden. After a couple of years, you start pruning it to the traditional cone shape.

If you have a garden or a yard, but do not have trees to transplant, you can start buying a tree in a nursery or garden center next spring. It can be the traditional fir balsam or fir (white or blue), Douglas fir or even Scots pine. Plant it in a temporary place and be sunny in your garden. One tip is to apply an acid fertilizer or compost, as it will grow faster. Plant a new tree faithfully every year. These small trees will serve as shrubs, adding vegetation throughout the year to their landscape and providing shelter for birds.