Fair Trade Christmas Trees delivered to your door!

Fair Trees

One of my favourite events in the lead up to Christmas has got to be decorating the Christmas tree.  Christmas shopping can prove stressful (although much easier online!), coordinating relatives can be tricky, and planning food can be a nightmare, but decking out the Christmas Tree with my favourite Christmas decorations has always been a real treat for me.

However Christmas Trees do come with a certain dilemma. Some people prefer fake Christmas trees, and although I’ve got no time for them, I guess it must be convenient that all you have to do is get it down from the loft or out of the cupboard… I much prefer real Christmas trees – after all there’s nothing that smells quite like Christmas like the scent of fresh pine needles.

This year, we’re delighted to have come across a Christmas tree which suits both parties, and even better – they’re fair trade! Fair Trees Christmas Trees are delivered right to you door, so there can be no argument from those who prefer the ‘convenince’ of the tree up in your loft, and they’re approved by Fair Trade Denmark, which promotes ecology and sustainable form of production too.

These fair trade Christmas trees are genuine Nordmann Fir trees, grown using only the best ethically sourced seeds. They retain their needles very well (which busts the other argument from the fake tree enthusiasts!), and the workers that grow the trees are paid a fair wage, and supported in health care and education.

Now if that’s not a solid argument for a real Christmas tree this year I don’t know what is! Now all I need to do is choose which Christmas gifts to place underneath it…

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  • if anyone would like more information on ethical Christmas ideas check out this booklet on the subject
    http://www.lifesquared.org.uk/publications?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=39&category_id=7

  • I truly don’t mean to bring down the mood here, but this is a terrible idea among so many good ones.

    There are few things more ecologically foolish than designating vast areas of forest to one species of tree, and felling young trees every year for the sake of some ‘tradition’. The stress on biodiversity in the tiny remaining areas of natural forest ecosystems is one of the most serious crises we face, as all life on this planet depends on it.

    I would be more impressed had this company produced a re-usable christmas tree from bioplastics, but fair-trade wages or not, this is not an ethical product.
    I would hope that many of the people who can afford to shop here would have the sense to compost the tree if they get one, but it still doesn’t provide a stable home for all the forms of life that keep the planet in balance.

    I know the entrepreneurs doing this have good intentions, as extremely few people ever want to do something if they knew it was wrong, but let’s face it, the pressure to make money by cornering a market is a chief motivation at play here. Don’t blame them for not knowing better though, few people can see how backwards our popularly-held concept of ‘economy’ is, let alone have freedom from it.

    Any culture with abstractions of ‘tradition’ that damage its environment, is a culture that will eventually destroy itself.

    It would be mean of me to criticise without offering an alternative… so if you’re really that attached to this tradition, why not paint a tree on your wall? At least that way some love goes into it, and it’s not such a fire hazard.
    Merry Christmas

  • Not a fan of living Christmas trees… Nevertheles, I just can’t blame people for loving them. Despite the similar looks with artificial ones, the scent if a living pine is amazing.