Eco christmas trees

Nothing says Christmas quite like a Christmas tree! I always find if hard to cut down a perfectly good tree to be used for one week then it is thrown away (the pine needles are really good for your blueberry plants and you can burn or compost the tree so at least it’s not a complete waste of a tree). So here are some eco Christmas tree options.

tree_eco_christmasThe last two years we used a pine tree in a pot that we bought at the local hardware store and then decorated it for Christmas then replanted it in a much larger pot. We then kept it alive (unsuccessfully this year!) over the year to be bought in again the next year. Since it is a pinetree they will grow very big so I guess you can only reuse it for a few years then it’ll need to go in the ground (or chopped up for firewood?). If you were really clever I guess you could bonsai the roots to create a bonsai Christmas pine tree.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince we killed last years Christmas tree we got a pinenut tree this year (thanks to a clever tip form Janet Luke’s new book). I bought my pinenut tree  from Country trading co. We had to decorate it with small light decorations as it’s about a meter tall but next Christmas we should be able to put some bigger decorations on it. The plan is to put it in a huge pot and so for about the next five years we will keep the tree in a pot and bring it inside to be decorated. We will then find a spot in the garden for it and hopefully the tree will bear us some lovely pinenuts. Can’t wait. Though you don’t need to use a pinenut or even a pinetree I know some people use pohutukawa trees or juniper trees or any household pot plant would work great too.

Most people have loads of Christmas lights so why not make a tree out of them? This would look really pretty on a wall outside and there is no reason it couldn’t be lots of different colours. You could also still attach Christmas balls or ornaments to the “tree” as well.

christmas_eco_nzThis fantastically clever use of resources was made from pallets by the clever Lindsay from Arohanui vegan love. I love this use of pallets. Not only did they make the tree they also made the super cool decorations on it. You could either put this tree in the garden as an ornament all year or take it apart and put it up again next year or chop it up for firewood.

This huge print of a Christmas tree is fantastic if you’re allergic to pine trees or just don’t want to deal with the mess or simply want a tree you can roll out once a year then roll up in a poster tube for the rest for the year! You can still decorate it or put lights on it so not to take anything away from the festive season. Or better still draw your own (or get the kids to draw one) on a piece of paper or cardboard and pin it to the wall.

I love glass so it makes sense I would try to find a glass Christmas tree alternative! This tree is rather tiny (only 15cm) but still a very cool idea. You could even forgo the Christmas decorations and put chocolate or baking goods on the tree instead.

Cushion Christmas trees are very cool they look like fun to set up and breakdown (pillow fight anyone?). You could have the cushions lying around the house all year or piled up as a huge fantastic reading corner and then assemble your tree come Christmas time. What fun!

These ornament Christmas trees are very effective. My local cafe has one of these on their wall and it’s a great use of space and looks fantastic especially if you weave some lights in between the balls as well. Great since you could make it look different every year.

Eco Christmas trees wouldn’t be complete without having a metal one. So here is beautiful metal one that won’t hurt your allergies and can be reuse for many many years. You can add your own decorations or baked goods. Metal will last so long it could even be passed down the generations he he.

Lastly of course you can make your own (or buy one) tree with food. This fantastic treat tree was made by my aunty. These are so amazing to have in your home; they look good and taste great!

You can also make trees out of strawberries, fruit, cookies, vegetables, or pretty much anything else you can think of or your heart desires. So whatever you chose to use make it a happy and eco one. I hear if you reuse a plastic tree for over 8 years it’s redeemed itself re production wise. What does your family use for a Christmas tree? Or will you give one of these a go? Either way Merry Christmas.


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