Trying to be Green this Holiday Season can be easier than you think.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around these parts. It actually has been looking that way since the day after Halloween! Seriously, bats and skeletons hadn”t quite been put away yet, and the tinsel and tree toppers have already hopped out and were ready to be on display. It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year, and this “magical time of year” when the spirit of giving over takes us starts to sort of run rampant. It sneaks up on you, really.
All of this “stuff” that people seem to think that they need to be prepared for the holidays. I can only imagine that some people’s attic and basement crawl spaces look like an armory dedicated to the battle of the Seasons. Plastic this, PVC that and who-knows what the other thing is! Well, I don’t have to imagine, because I have to crawl around in them on a regular basis to check out houses. I know your holiday “dirty little secrets!” Don’t worry though… I won’t tell anyone.
So, how is it that we have come to acquire all of these things, and how can we have a little bit more of a sustainable holiday Season? Maybe we could start by planting a tree instead of harvesting one or having that off-gassing thing that is supposed to look -uhm- real? EarthEasy.com mentioned that “although plastic Christmas trees are reusable from year to year, real trees are the more sustainable choice. Plastic trees are made of petroleum products (PVC), and use up resources in both the manufacture and shipping. While artificial trees theoretically last forever, research shows that they are typically discarded when repeated use makes them less attractive. Discarded artificial trees are then sent to landfills, where their plastic content makes them last forever.” This may seem obvious, but there are now so many choices for the fake trees that look real that people flock to them in droves!
You do have options for a more sustainable Christmas tree:
- Go with a live tree. Yes, they are more expensive, but you can have memories and a “green screen” for years to come.
- Plant and re-pot a tree that represents a ole tenenbaum. You can get a rosemary plant that is in the shape of a Christmas tree and use it as your ornamental tree. Then you can have fresh herbs all year, too!
- If you end up getting a live-cut tree, try getting one that has been sustainably grown, and locally! In Northern Virginia, you can mulch your tree at the end of the year if it has not been flocked, so you can still do your part.
- Find an awesome fallen branch and make it your “rustic tree” with only your favorite ornaments. This is a cool way to have a pinterest inspired Christmas that is sustainable, beautiful and just a little bit different!
EarthEasy.com had some great points about Christmas trees and the accoutrements for a more sustainable holiday season. What do you do for a more sustainable holiday? Share with us!