The holidays are a time of giving and cheer, but they're also a time of mass arborcide and copious tree-waste - what's an eco-minded tree lover to do? Plus cutting down tons of trees that suck up CO2 doesn't seem like a very smart idea in light of the global warming crisis we're currently facing. Well, a few years ago, there weren't many options for faux Christmas trees (at least not eco-friendly or aesthetically pleasing ones), but nowadays there are a bevy of beautiful, green, modern ones to choose from - and while you might think they're expensive, they can actually save you money because they can be used time and time. Check out our roundup of recycled cardboard, wood and even aluminum reusable "fake" Christmas trees that look so good, you won't miss the real thing for a minute.
The Superstar Holiday Tree truly lives up to its name with its dazzling design which, if you look closely, is made up of tiny little stars. In addition to being reusable, it’s made of lightweight birch plywood that can be flat-packed to save fuel during transportation and to easily fit into your closet for next year.
This stylish tree by Cascades is perfect for adding just the right amount of festivity to any room in your house. It’s inherently green since it’s made of recycled cardboard and comes in solid green, white or a fun print.
Known as the “original cardboard tree,” this lovely faux specimen is made from recycled cardboard in the good old U.S. of A. It comes with over 50 cardboard ornaments, but you can always use your own if you want to give it some extra pizazz.
“This is cool…. will last a long, long time,” remarked Anna Getty, the author of I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas about the Tannenboing tree – and we have to agree. Not only is this spiral-shaped tree made of recycled and recyclable aluminum, but its clean composition fits into almost any decor, making it something you’ll want to use time and time again.
Cardboard Safari’s Alpine Tree really captures all of the beauty and wonder of a snow-capped pine with its super detailed design. Each one is made from recycled cardboard, and can be used year after year, saving you money and letting you avoid buying a new tree annually.
If you’re looking for something a bit less conventional and more abstract, check out this ultra mod tree from LDF Line. Composed of a series of green triangles made of plastic film and printed with eco-friendly ink, it has a minimalistic look that give just the right hint of the holidays. The base is made of FSC certified pine wood in your choice of 3 finishes.