Sustainable Christmas tree, Ecology
It is not the purchase of many ecological products that makes our environment better, but the renunciation of unnecessary and harmful things.
Ecology – influencing factors:
- Material from tree
- Effort for production
- Multiple use
- Transport routes and
Here you can find out how big the carbon footprint of the Christmas tree really is and why the Christmas tree from wood reflects a way of life.
Wood and multiple use - an unbeatable combination
Ecological – the tree made of wood
It is not difficult to see that a Christmas tree made of wood is better than one made of plastic – wood binds CO2.
Wood is a renewable raw material, rots or can be thermally recycled.
Reusable Christmas tree
Every use improves the ecological balance and puts the acquisition costs into perspective – reuse, the sustainable difference. The better the initial situation (wood vs. plastic), the greater the ecological benefit.
Ecological and other properties at a glance
CTfW = Christmas Tree from Wood
N = Natural Christmas tree (possibly also organic)
A = Artificial Christmas tree (plastic)
|low CO2 footprint|
|does not lose needles, does not need water|
Low costs per use
Remaining stocks can be sold in the following year
|Quickly set up and dismantled|
|No stand required|
|natural odour wood/fir||Wood||Fir|
|No emission of pollutants (e.g. pesticides, softeners, ...)|
|low fire hazard|
|Environmentally friendly disposal possible|
|Packaging free of plastics (e.g. net)|
|No animals in the tree (beetles, spiders, ...)|
Natural vs. artificial plastic Christmas tree
Involuntarily, one is drawn into this discussion when dealing with the topic. However, if you look at the CO2 footprint of a natural Christmas tree, it is equivalent to about ¼ kg of butter, or 0.5kg of beef, or a car journey of 40km, etc. Christmas cookies and Christmas dinner for a family of several people can produce more CO2 than a single artificial Christmas tree. Our Christmas tree won’t change the world, but is sustainable and is intended as an incentive to act ecologically, to avoid transport, waste and food waste. Our mission statement.
The natural Christmas tree, better than its reputation.
The tree stores CO2 as it grows and releases the same amount when it burns. So everything is sustainable. What remains is CO2 that is produced during transport, cultivation and packaging. If production can be done cheaply, long transport routes also pay off. The use of pesticides and fertilisers increases with the pressure to produce cheap trees. Ecological, fair and organic Christmas trees therefore cost more.
Where do the seeds for the Nordmann fir come from?
There are plenty of reports on the working conditions on the web. Despite growing awareness, little has changed. It is a question of ethics and a price that others pay for our cheap trees. Our charity projects are a statement for more cooperation and fairness.
More info on the topic:
ellipsos.ca – lca christmas tree natural vs artificial (Detailed in-depth study)
theguardian.com – christmas-tree-green-fairtrade-fair-tree
eurasianet.org – what-would-the-grinch-say-about-allegations-of-christmas-tree-funny-business
independent.co.uk – christmas-tree-real-living-artificial-plastic-environment-carbon-footprint
popsci.com – christmas-tree-environmental-impact/
onegreenplanet.org – 5-excellent-eco-alternatives-to-traditional-christmas-trees
telegraph.co.uk – best-artificial-christmas-trees-2020
telegraph.co.uk – best-real-christmas-trees-where-buy-nordman-fir-spruce-2020
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