For many of us, Christmas is a time for cherished traditions, but it can also be a time of excessive waste.
This year, once again, we hope to have a sustainable holiday season. Instead of rehashing the real vs. fake Christmas tree debate, here are 5 sustainable alternatives for your Christmas tree. Because when it comes down to it, the most sustainable option is often something that already exists.
Decorate a cactus and other houseplants. Make sure you store your decorations safely so they can be reused.
Collect previously fallen branches and hang them upside down.
Make a DIY tree out of up-cycled wood.
Turn your gifts into the tree. Make sure heavy and breakable items are at the bottom of your pile!
Get a live potted tree. Some companies will drop them off, pick them up, and make sure they get planted!
If you do get a real Christmas tree, make sure it gets recycled! Here five more alternate options for a Christmas tree.