A Christmas message from the Eco Group

14 December 2022

If, like me you have yet to put up your Christmas tree here are a few thoughts on the subject…

Artificial trees are ok for the environment if you use yours for at least nine years. Alternatively you can buy a real tree with roots and plant it after the festivities or even rent a tree? Some stores promise to plant a real tree if you buy from them. ?

I understand that some people buy new decorations most years? Mine however go back many years, some older than me so decorating the tree always brings memories of family, friends and places. A chance to start a new family tradition?

Lights with LED bulbs use 90% less energy especially if they’re on a timer and unplugged over night so might be considered Eco friendly and justifiable financially?

Solar powered lights are even better as even on the dullest day, I’m assured they will charge up.

Candles made with paraffin wax are not good for either us or the environment. They release toxic chemicals and perfumed ones are worse than unscented. Soy, coconut or beeswax candles are possibly more expensive but worth the extra in environmental terms. They burn with a lower heat and apparently, so I’ve read help remove toxins from the air. So if you’re a candle person make sure you keep your wicks trimmed to 1/4” or 1cm and enjoy that cosy feeling only a real flame can give.

However you prepare for the festivities we hope you have a sustainable and happy Christmas.

We’ll be back in the New Year with more tips and conundrums to make your Eco journey easier.

Best wishes from the Eco Group

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