Whilst a slightly more low-key Christmas maybe on the cards – im sure we will all still be throwing ourselves into decorating our homes more so that ever this year. But did you know that even the humble Christmas tree has its own eco-issues?
Apparently the UK currently uses approximately 8 million trees a year, of which 7 million are discarded to landfill – creating a mind-blowing 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year! Furthermore, most artificial trees are largely made of PVC, which contain chemical additives including traceable amounts of lead, and also release gases known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, adding to indoor air pollution.
But fear not, solutions are at hand, including the new ‘Sustainabilitree’ eco-friendly Christmas Tree from Life & Soul!
Life&Soul’s lightweight 6ft trees are created from recycled, recyclable and compostable cardboard with ‘star print’ in water-based inks. Not only are they easy to erect – taking less than 5 mins, but they also come in their own box and are designed to be dismantled and stored, for re-use year after year. Better still, you won’t have to deal with cleaning up the constant ‘needle drop’ over the festive period or have to recycle the real tree in the New Year.
Furthermore, should you prefer to jazz-up the sleek, minimalist silhouette of the original tree – why not encourage the kids to let loose with crayons, paints and a crafting kit, for a truly bespoke creation?
The ‘Sustainabilitree’ trees are energy efficiently made from 90% recycled cardboard, completely sustainable, and biodegradable when their time is done. The cardboard comes from sustainably sourced forests and its carbon footprint is kept low as the entire trip from its English paper mill origin to factory to warehouse destination is covered by a 150-mile trip. Life&Soul use firms that have genuinely ethical working practices in place and have joined the MadeInBritain initiative to help promote British brands.