I think we’re safe to mention Christmas now, as it’s the first week of December.
This week you might be thinking about having a little sip of port, cracking open a box of mince pies and decorating your Christmas tree. If you’re after something more eco-friendly than a real felled tree and you’re not sold on traditional artificial trees, have a look at some of these alternatives to make an environmentally sound statement in your home this Christmas.
If you’re feeling crafty, try creating something visually spectacular, yet surprisingly easy. Megan at Not Martha has provided a fantastic step by step guide on how to create your very own floating tree.
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Forest Floor Tree
If you’re after something a little more traditional and natural looking, consider foraging for your own Christmas tree. Toko-pa Turner from toko-pa.com made a DIY tree from foliage she found on the forest floor. The results are beautiful.
Photo Credit: Toko-pa Turner
If you don’t have time to make this kind of tree yourself, the clever folk at Nautilus Driftwood Design have collected the wood for you to make this simple, rustic tree. The driftwood has been gathered by beachcombing forays around the UK coastline. Available from NotOnTheHighStreet for £56.
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This tree is made from 100% recycled cardboard and can be taken apart after Christmas to be stored flat under the bed ready for next Christmas. This one from LoveTheSign is £87.
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If that is a little steep, NotOnTheHighStreet has a cheaper one for £29.99 complete with 3D baubles.
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Space Saving Tree
If you don’t have much room for a tree, but you still want that festive feeling, Cox & Cox have this Frosted Branches Hanging Tree available for just £20. Made from seven natural birch branches, simply add lights and decorations to your taste.
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OK, OK, these trees aren’t the same as having the sight and smell of a real tree in your home. So how about these options.
Buying a potted tree means it generally lasts a bit longer and loses fewer pine needles. However, most potted trees will generally die after the season. To give your tree the best chance of surviving after Christmas look for trees with root balls. These trees have been specially prepared to increase their chances of survival once transplanted into your garden.
Grow your own Christmas Tree
It might be a little late for Christmas 2017, but get growing now and you could have a tree for next Christmas. It doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. Firebox offers this great little kit for £9.99 to get you started.
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If you have to, have to, have to have a real tree consider buying ones from the UK. Companies such as Needle Fresh supply over 90% of their trees from British farms and they try to ensure that for every tree harvested, two are planted in its place. They even allow you to check where your tree was grown and recommend recycling your tree after Christmas for garden mulch, enriching your soil.
We hope that’s given you some ideas for alternative trees. We’d love to know what kind of tree you’ve chosen. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.
Bonus tip: Remember, decorating with LED fairy lights helps to save energy.