Christmas has become the emblem of the commercial celebration at will, with careful marketing, expansive over-consumption, useless and unreasonable purchases. This is valid for gifts, but also for interior and exterior decoration: the Christmas tree, small objects, garlands, the Christmas table,…
What if this year we opt for a slower Christmas?
In other words, take the time to think about a natural, minimalist and ecological Christmas decoration that will be preserved for years to come.
INSPIRATION FOR A MINIMALIST AND NATURAL CHRISTMAS
AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS TREE
The artificial tree
The big dilemma! Natural or artificial fir? It may be thought that an artificial fir tree makes it possible to fight against the intensive production of firs. In fact, a study shows that a plastic fir should be used for 20 years to minimize its environmental impact when its lifespan is 6 years. To this can be added the harmfulness linked to the petroleum-based materials that compose it (plastic, aluminium, toxic paints but especially volatile compounds such as dioxin, ethylene dichloride, or even lead microparticles). Finally, aesthetically, I think he can’t match a real tree.
The natural fir tree
If you choose a natural fir tree, you must choose it produced in France, and ideally labelled organic (France Sapin Bio lists the retailers of organic firs in France), Plante Bleue or Label Rouge. It is also possible to rent it (Treezmas, Ecosapin, MyLittleSapin) !
And after Christmas? If you have opted for a natural fir tree, do not burn it because its positive impact on CO2 capture would be reduced to zero by the one it releases when burning. It will have to be replanted or taken to the waste disposal centre to be crushed.
The homemade Christmas tree
However, the most ecological solution remains to make your own tree. To do this, you will find many Do It Yourself to make an original Christmas tree. We opted for natural trees that are zero waste, or easy to store without taking up space and infinitely reusable.
AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS DECORATION
Tradition dictates that it shines, it must shine, lights everywhere, red, golden and brilliant colours. The cliché! Tastes and colours are not an issue. However, we can think of a more ecological and reasoned Christmas decoration. When you have a slow deco approach, you have often undertaken a form of return to basics. We can apply it to Christmas by choosing or making few but better decorative elements.
The decorative objects (balls, garlands, wall decorations…) sold in French shops are mainly made in Yiwu in China (while Chinese people do not even celebrate Christmas!). Beyond the significant carbon impact linked to the transport from China to France, there are toxic paints whose manufacture pollutes and from which organic compounds subsequently emanate. Or how to turn your home into a toxic bouquet of indoor air pollution for your holiday season!
Christmas decoration to make yourself
You can opt for homemade nature garlands for an authentic and ecological decoration. A walk in the forest will allow you to find something to make pretty little decorations.
No handyman? We prefer the second hand
There is a plethora of second-hand Christmas decorations on Leboncoin, Facebook Marketplace, and resourceries. If you do not find what you are looking for in this condition, you can find the materials you need to make your decorative do-it-yourself projects.
And French craftsmanship!
CHRISTMAS TABLE AND SMALL DECORATIONS
With Aurélie de Greenmoods, we decided to talk to you about Christmas decoration for two by splitting up the topics rather than offering redundant articles. I invite you to discover his article “Eco-responsible Christmas decoration, is it possible?” as well as the article dedicated to table decoration and small decorative objects for an eco-responsible Christmas.
Greenmoods is a blogzine that inspires an eco-art of living in a positive and optimistic state of mind. Aurélie is passionate about China and has furnished her house almost exclusively with china rooms without giving up aesthetics, so inevitably, we could only get along! I also invite you to discover his articles dedicated to Slow Home.
AND FOR AN ECOLOGICAL ADVENT CALENDAR?
Advent calendars on the market are made of plastic and offer unhealthy sweets. There are several solutions to overcome this.
Make your own Advent calendar
You will find many ideas on Pinterest, here is a selection. As for filling it out, I invite you to discover Clementine’s great ideas.
Opt for the reverse advent calendar
The principle is to give instead of receive. Every day, an object is placed in a box and given to an association on Christmas Eve. You can take advantage of this opportunity to start a minimalist approach by separating yourself from an object every day, knowing that they will go to people who need them. They may also be toys that will be given to disadvantaged children on Christmas Eve.
Another possibility is to collect basic necessities or foodstuffs and give them to a person in need or an association. In any case, a beautiful approach to reconnecting with the essence of Christmas: sharing and human warmth.
☆ Merry Christmas to all! ☆
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