The most sustainable Christmas tree is a home-made arrangement of branches, or a potted plant such as an Australian native pine – something you can use year after year. Even if your intention is to buy and reuse a plastic tree, it is always better to buy a plant instead of non-biodegradable plastic. A plant is a renewable resource, 100 per cent biodegradable and easily recycled. Plastic Christmas trees are generally made of non-recyclable, non-degradable plastics and metals that won't decompose, meaning they'll all eventually end up in landfill.
Living Christmas trees are 100 per cent biodegradable and easily recycled. Recycle your Christmas tree to:
Disposing of a real Christmas tree is simple if you have a mulcher at home. The mulch can be added to your garden or compost.
Some councils organise curb-side pick-up of Christmas trees in the new year, or you can hold onto them until your next scheduled hard rubbish collection. Some cut tree suppliers will also take back used trees for mulching.
Properly recycled Christmas trees are turned into mulch. The mulch is then used in agriculture, to keep parklands green or sold back to the community to keep home gardens healthy.
There are many, many ways to live sustainably at Christmas. For a start, try our top five:
Rid your home of dangerous and toxic waste responsibly, with the free Detox your Home program.
Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights can be dropped off for free. Check with your local council for details.
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