Eco-friendly alternative trees for a Green Christmas

Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Filed under: Christmas Holidays Home & Garden
Timbatree Christmas tree ©Courtesy of Stewart Grant

Timbatree Christmas tree
©Courtesy of Stewart Grant

(Relaxnews) – Hate fake plastic trees? Opting out of the traditional fir tree this year doesn’t mean you have to be a Scrooge when it comes to design, thanks to a host of chic sustainable alternatives.

With materials ranging from cardboard to steel, re-usable Christmas trees have never been so innovative or stylish.

British brand Timbatree recently put its own ethical spin on the traditional yuletide centerpiece, with its pure timber version. The sculpture requires no nails or screws and can be self-assembled and easily stored for next year.

Superstar Holiday Tree by Modernica ©Courtesy of Modernica

Superstar Holiday Tree by Modernica
©Courtesy of Modernica

If you like the idea of a wooden replacement but want to reduce your carbon footprint even further, South African-based company Buy the Sea offers bespoke ‘trees’ crafted entirely from reclaimed driftwood collected off beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline.

Those seeking a cleaner, more modern vibe might be interested in TinTown‘s African Tree. Made of laser-cut 1mm steel, its ‘branches’ features iconic representations of African wildlife and the product comes in a variety of colors.

Recycled cardboard trees are big business. Cardboard Safari‘s Alpine Tree is laser-cut for precision and can be decorated with paint or glitter for a truly bespoke decoration. It can be configured as a full 360 degree tree or in a 180 degree version.

The Superstar Tree by Modernica is handcrafted in Los Angeles and can be purchased in a natural wood tone or in a festive green strain. Clean and light, this birch plywood structure can be personalized with paint or ornaments.

Offering a completely modern take on the Christmas tree, Memory Tree is a 7-foot (2.1 meter) transparent Plexiglas structure which hangs from a hook in the ceiling and includes 100 chandelier crystals and a battery powered disco ball.


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