Every year between 6-8 million Christmas trees are discarded every year. For every 40 trees that end up in landfill it costs the UK taxpayer around £100. I’m not about to be a Grinch and say don’t buy a Christmas tree, as I love all things festive in my home and a good decorated tree is top of my list. So here are some ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint and re-use/reduce your tree waste.
First off if you prefer an artificial tree then do use your artificial tree for as many years as possible, as an artificial tree can take centuries to decompose in a landfill, so stick with it, keep it stored in the attic if you have one. It can take up to ten uses of an artificial Christmas tree to get its environmental impact lower than a real Christmas tree
So moving on to disposal of real trees, here are 5 ways to reduce tree waste.