11 Dec Sustainable Holiday Tree Ideas
You’ve repurposed your wrapping paper and purchased eco-conscious gifts. You’ve tried in every way to reduce, reuse, and recycle your holiday decor. There’s just one thing still missing from your zero-waste Christmas: a sustainable holiday tree.
Whether you purchase living or faux, it’s likely that your tree will – one day – end up decaying in a landfill. And with artificial trees, that’s especially bad news, as their petrochemical and PVC makeup doesn’t settle well into our atmosphere… so, here are a few alternative ideas to deck your halls without the unwanted chemical fallout:
Peep the Potted Varieties
Many of us feature potted plants in our spaces – why not bring home one more? With a bit of light and water, a potted holiday tree stays fresh and vibrant throughout the season. Then, you can plant it outdoors to help cleanse carbon dioxide from our air. It’s a win/ win! Check out the selection at your local plant nursery, home goods, or hardware store.
Borrow Your Boughs
Certain local nurseries and tree growers offer a rental program. This enables you to enjoy the merry vibes of a live tree, while skipping the wasteful dumping part. If your city doesn’t have a rental program, why not suggest it to a local nursery?
Deck the Outdoors
If your property already features a living pine tree, why not just decorate it right where it stands? That way, all who drive by can enjoy it. Just be sure to use environmentally and animal-safe ornaments that won’t end up causing more harm than joy.
Give Other Plants a Chance
Who says your tree has to be a conifer? Some folks prefer to experiment with other potted varieties, such as a Plumeria or Ficus. More sustainable, just as jolly!
Companies like PossibiliTree create artfully modern renditions of holiday trees. And the best part? No needle mess, no waste! Starting as low as $160, enjoy this merry conversation piece for many holidays to come.
For more ways to create a sustainable holiday tree, visit OneGreenPlanet.org or Inhabitat.com. Find eco-friendly holiday decor ideas in our posts on Eco-Conscious, Festive Home Decorating and Easy, All-Natural Home Scent Ideas. Don’t forget to visit the Verte Luxe Holiday Shop for all your favorite eco-conscious brands for everyone on your list!