Do you want to be more environmentally conscious this Christmas?

Waste management company Biffa estimates that UK householders produce 30% more waste during the Christmas period, and as consumers, it is our duty to become more sustainable with our waste.

We know it can be hard at this time of the year to watch our spending and buying habits so we have put together a Zero Waste Christmas guide to help you reduce your waste during the festive period. In this post, we’re talking Christmas trees and encouraging you to create your own DIY Christmas Tree.

Did you know that around six million trees are thrown out after Christmas, creating more than 9,000 tonnes of waste? That is enough waste to stretch end to end from London to the North Pole and back!

Why not create your own upcycled wooden tree as an eco-friendly alternative?

We love this DIY Wooden Christmas tree, complete with old door handles for decorations. Freecyle, Freegle, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are good places to source unwanted and often free wood and handles – if you don’t already have any lying around.

The great thing about this eco-friendly wooden tree is that you can keep it for years. If you fancy a change, you can simply get your paintbrush out and repaint it a different colour.

[📸 Pillar Box Blue]

If you need paint, find your nearest Community RePaint scheme to pick up some affordable, reusable paint, starting from just £1 per litre.

If you are in the area, Community RePaint Loughborough are selling upcycled Christmas Pallet Trees, ready for you to take home and paint.  You can order a tree through their Facebook page and collect it when it’s ready.

[📸 Community RePaint Loughborough]

Read our other Zero Waste Christmas Guide blogs for more inspiration on how to be more environmentally conscious this Christmas, including DIY Christmas decoration ideas and greeting cards, wrapping alternatives and food waste minimisation.

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