Be careful with that Christmas tree
What’s better, reusing an artificial tree, or buying a real one every year? It depends. The Carbon Trust estimates that a two-metre tree, without roots, has a carbon footprint of 16kg CO2e if it ends up in landfill, because trees in landfill produce methane when they rot, which is a very bad greenhouse gas.
If you burn your Christmas tree on a bonfire, or have it chipped up and spread it on your garden beds, it’s actually much better for the environment; this trims the tree’s footprint down to just 3.5kg CO2e.
If you go for an artificial tree, you’d have to reuse it a lot before it helps the environment. According to Carbon Trust, an artificial tree has a 40kg CO2e carbon footprint.
The best option, however, might be to rent a tree. There are plenty of companies offering Christmas tree rental. They drop over a growing tree in a pot, and pick it up once you’re done. In Great Britain, this company covers much of the Midlands, while this one covers a lot of London. But do your research as renting could be the more expensive option, so it’s important to weigh up the environmental impact and the cost to your family.