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Getting a Greener Christmas Tree – Eco Friendly Options for The Season

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

You try to be an eco conscious consumer but you do love a Christmas tree. The good news is that that is fine, you just might want to consider one of the more eco friendly Christmas trees – both live and artificial – that are available these days.

Are Fake Trees Really Better for the Environment Than Real Ones?

Some well meaning souls, in an attempt to go green have eschewed the live Christmas tree in favor of a mass produced plastic artificial version. Unfortunately that is not the best choice in many cases. The majority of the mass produced plastic Christmas trees are made from a petroleum by-product and are not biodegradable. Worse still if they even get singed a little by the Christmas lights they will give off petroleum fumes.

Eco Friendly Live Christmas Trees

You do have several options if you really want a live tree adorning your home for the duration of the holiday season. The first would be buying a live potted tree and then finding it a nice spot in the garden after all the festivities are over. You simply have to make sure that you know how to take care of it while it is indoors, something that the nursery should be able to advise you about.

Alternately if you do buy a cut tree you can recycle it properly in January.Pickyouownchristmastree.org has some great advice for just how to do that in your local area, including the contact numbers for local Christmas tree recycling programs, which many cities now boast.

Eco Friendly Fake Christmas Trees

Some people just can’t stand the idea of a live Christmas tree anyway, eco friendly or not. All those needles, all that mess. But what alternatives do you have to one of those petroleum based pretenders? Well how about redefining your basic concept of what a Christmas tree is? Design firm Buro North did and created a recycled wood Christmas tree that is a full 80% more environmentally friendly than using a live tree and to be honest is far more stylish.

You can also take a leaf out of Buro North’s book and have a go at creating your very own recycled products Christmas tree. You’ll be amazed by how creative people can get. How about a tree made from old Mountain Dew cans? Or this one, a decorative tree made from, of all things, baby food jars?

Baby Food Jar Christmas Tree

What you’ll need:

  • 33 (4 oz.) Baby food jars with lids
  • 2 strings of gold star wire garland (used to decorate packages)
  • Strand of 35 miniature Christmas tree lights
  • Gold or green spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue (dries clear not white)
  • Wire clippers
  • Sturdy box cutter

How to make it:

  1. Spray paint outside of baby food jar lids. Let dry.
  2. Hot glue the baby food jars arranging them as in photo.
  3. Using the wire clippers, cut 33 pieces of the gold star garland in about a 7″ length.
  4. Wind each piece of garland in a circle to fit inside the jars. Place in the bottom of each jar.
  5. Take each baby food jar lid and make a large “V” cut using the box knife. (see close-up photo)
  6. Screw on all the lids onto the jars.
  7. Place the first light on the string of lights through the cut in the lid of the top jar.
  8. Place the remaining lights in the jars, weaving back and forth for the rows.
  9. When you get to the last row of the tree (before the tree trunk), you will need to double up 2 lights in 2 jars in order to get the lights into the tree trunk.
  10. Plug in your tree and enjoy the beautiful light

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