How many Christmas trees are cut down at Christmas

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TIP 3 Watch your “wasteline”: Trim down on the trees



I have read that over 34 million Christmas trees are cut down each year- now that is a lot of trees. I prefer not to use synthetic trees, they are just not the same and most of them come from China, with all those carbon kilometers it does make for a very green alternative either. So what are the alternatives?

  • Plant a tree. Buy a potted fir tree, that you can use every year. It has the same aesthetic look as a traditional tree and when it gets too big you can plant it out. My Great Grandmother, Granny Jensen, had a tree in a pot that was carted in every Christmas
  • Try something different. Here in South Africa, our warm Christmases give us license to break from tradition why not use a indigenous pot plant or succulent. When I was little my parents used to have a huge succulent ( crassula) in a pot in the lounge that they used to use as a Christmas tree until my Grandmother gave them her old plastic one.
  • One of my favourite trees was one my husband and I made for our first Christmas together. We found a dead branch and painted it white. It looked so good that we ended up using it until we moved house. For the rest of the year we continued to enjoy it as part of the decor of our lounge without the Christmas decorations.

What are your ideas – Do you have any crazy or creative Christmas trees up your sleeve?




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