17 Dec 25 DAYS OF DECEMBER – DAY 17 ETHICAL FESTIVE DECORATIONS
You’re probably wondering, what on earth do we mean by ‘ethical decorations’?
The reality is that the majority of decorations are made from plastic, use electricity and are not environmentally friendly. We are by no means telling you all that you need to ditch the tree and the bright 3D plastic Santa that you have on your lawn, we know it’s the time of year for bling.
But wouldn’t it be nice if you could have beautiful Christmas decorations that are also earth friendly…
Let’s start with the tree
I think its safe to say the majority of people now have plastic Christmas trees, as they’re cheap and available in all in every colour imaginable (I’ve even seen a shiny rainbow one). Who can blame people? Not to mention the not having the pines everywhere and yes you can even get a upside down tree! Don’t believe me, click HERE.
The problem is that even though we don’t buy a new one every year plastic trees don’t last forever, and eventually the tree will just end up on landfill looking very sad without the festive lights.
So personally I would go for having a real tree. I know that they take up land space having to be grown and we have to cut them down. But I think the fact that they are natural wood and leaves and won’t be sat in landfill when discarded outweighs this. Also, you can actually buy fair trade real Christmas trees! (click here) or you could have one in a pot that you move outside each year so that you don’t have to buy a new one?
I also found out while doing research for this blog that you can rent a Christmas tree for the festive season, how great is THIS
If you do want to buy a fake one my best advice is to buy the best you can afford and to buy one that looks like a real tree that won’t go out of fashion. Get something that will last for a long time so that you don’t have to replace it to soon.
I would also say to avoid those with built in lights or baubles as if these break then you may end up wanting to replace your whole tree! And if you do go for fake then when its time to get a new one why not see if you can donate your old one to a charity shop? Or a local homeless shelter? Somewhere that may wish to display a tree but not have the funds to buy one.
As far as I am aware there are yet to be any brands that sell lights that are made to be environmentally friendly, they are all made with plastic and can’t be recycled. So I only really have one tip for this section and that’s to buy LED lights as the bulbs will last longer. It may also be worth noting that when putting them away make sure to store them correctly so that they last as long as possible.
Baubles and Tree Decorations
This is one area where it is far easer to find environmentally friendly alternatives! If you do want to buy the plastic round ones then again use them for as long as possible and if for any reason you want to get new ones make sure to donate them.
If you can afford and like glass baubles these may be slightly better, even though they can not be recycled, it generally takes less energy to produce glass than plastic (well so the internet says).
BUT the best ones to buy are wooden or paper decorations and these don’t have to look dull or boring, I love these ones from Ethical Superstore as they’re are made from paper!
Or how about these wooden ones from Etsy. Another great thing about wooden decorations is that they are often hand made and can be personalised.
Another idea is to make decorations; in America it is a tradition to decorate trees with popcorn threaded on to string?Oor if you have a look on Pinterest you can find loads of ideas!
If you have any great ideas on how to make your decorations more environmentally friendly we would love to hear them!