We know that it can be hard to find time to stop and think about the environmental impact of our Christmas activities and purchases but it is well worth the extra effort. Not only has there never been a more pressing time to do so, but, by making sustainable choices, it can also save you and your family money.
We understand that everyone is at a different stage of their eco-friendly journey so this guide includes a range of tips and ideas ranging from straightforward to more complex. If everyone makes just one extra sustainable decision this Christmas, then collectively, it all adds up to a big difference.
We also completely understand that not all sustainable decisions are feasible for everyone and this guide should be read as just that, a guide, and it is for you and your family to decide which, if any, sustainable actions you are willing and able to take. What matters is, you are here and you are willing to learn more about how you might reduce your environmental impact either now or in the future.
Christmas Trees – should you fake it or buy the real deal?
We have seen some interesting debates recently about whether fake or real trees are better for the environment so we thought we would do some research to see if we can resolve this argument once for all. It turns out, the internet is awash with claims and counterclaims but we found some data that seemed to cut through the noise.
The size of your footprint matters!
Let’s start with the Artificial tree.
According to the Carbon Trust, if you were to buy a 6-foot tall artificial Christmas tree, it would have a carbon footprint of around 40kg of CO2e. After it has fulfilled its useful life, it will inevitably end up in landfill where it would take hundreds of years to decompose. A fake tree uses an energy-intensive process during their production and are typically made from a petroleum-based plastic-like PVC.
Based on carbon footprint alone, you would need to re-use an artificial tree for at least 10 festive seasons to have a lower environmental impact than that of a real tree.