90% of British families put up a Christmas tree. That’s 8 million real Christmas trees bought in the UK every year, and 5 million of those are imported.

A six foot artificial tree produces 40kg of emissions (if thrown into landfill), compared to a real tree which only creates 3.5kg of emissions (if it’s chipped or incinerated). So a real tree is best?

Yes, but there’s an even better option.

Imagine you could avoid your tree becoming landfill in January, instead letting it continue to grow and combat CO2 emissions…

If you do buy a real tree make sure to recycle it in some form or other, and read these tips on how to buy a sustainable Christmas tree

Lovely Branches

Lovely BranchesAfter Christmas 2013, Lovely Branches re-planted their potted trees in the field where they remained in 2014 to grow and recover. They’re now vibrant and ready for Christmas 2015!

Lovely Branches grow their trees in pots. This keeps the root system small, helping the tree survive the trip to your house each year.

They deliver to the Greater London area.

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Forever Green Christmas Trees

Forever GreenForever Green offer the same service for the South Essex area (although it’s worth contacting them to see if they’ll deliver further afield).

Here’s what they say on their website:

“We are a Christmas tree farm who specialise in pot-grown living Christmas tree rental for homes and businesses in South Essex. In 2015 we will be delivering from 30th November, collecting in early January at no additional cost to you. We believe this is the most eco-friendly way of enjoying a Christmas tree in your home.”

A rented tree from Forever Green will set you back £40 to £75, depending what size you go for.

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If you’re not going to rent this year, then here’s five questions to ask your Christmas tree supplier:

  1. In which country is your tree grown?
  2. Is it possible to identify the grower of the tree?
  3. What month is the tree cut?
  4. How far was the tree transported?
  5. What happens to the trees that you don’t sell?

 

Make your own!

What do ladders, driftwood and books have in common? They all make great christmas trees!

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This is a great way to use an item most of us already have an home and make it into something festive.

This idea comes via Buy Me Once

 

 

 

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A perfect one for booklovers! Though you’d have to have a pretty big book collection to compete with this tree at Springvale Library in Maine, USA

 

 

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This is amazing tree – made out of driftwood and  costing nothing – comes via Sue Gibson on Twitter

 

 

 

There no less than 101 ideas from Homelisty on home-made christmas trees and decorations, including this tree, made of reclaimed wooden crates

 

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For more ideas check out these alternative Christmas trees on the Upcyclist blog – and add your ideas below!