It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
That magical time of year is here and we're sure that you have already filled your house with Christmas decorations. Now, here's the question: Natural or artificial tree?
You've probably guessed by now what we prefer here in Matabi...
Of course! Is there anything better than that special smell of pine at Christmas?
There are many reasons why we are going to motivate you to make the change from artificial to natural.
First of all, the aroma that pine gives off is very good for the respiratory tract. It has a decongestant and expectorant function. The scent is also energizing and induces relaxation and a feeling of cleanliness and well-being.
On the other hand, the authenticity provided by the beautiful tradition of picking it up as a family is priceless. These trees are grown on specialized farms that are dedicated to preparing them for this time of year. Without a doubt, natural pine is a friendly option with the environment since natural forests are not being cut down for its use and they are also a completely recyclable option.
Five ideas to recycle a Christmas Tree
1) Make compost
Use the pine needles as compost for your vegetables and plants. For this you will have to wait a little for them to dry so that the pH level drops a bit, but as soon as you notice them a little dry you can safely incorporate the pine needles in the compost that you usually apply in your garden.
2) DIY Coasters
If you like rustic this is a great idea. Take a good saw and slice the log. Then you will have to sand the surface and treat the wood with natural oils that are commonly used in this type of DIY work. If you have grown many slices you can spray them in one round with the Matabi Bricolage 7 DIY, an ideal sprayer for wood treatments.
3) Drink it
Turn your Christmas tree into fir beer. This beer can be alcoholic or not, according to the taste of each one and also, the flavor can be as varied as the tree from which you get it; There are fruity, citrus, floral, resinous, etc.
4) Air freshener
As the English would say ‘easy peasy’. Put the pine needles in cloth bags and keep your car fresh with pine scent.
5) Take it back to its roots
If you think your pine has survived the holidays and looks healthy, don't hesitate, replant it! Your care at the beginning will be important. Cover it with a fertile soil and keep the soil moist, yes, without drowning it!
If you still have doubts, here is more information: For an artificial tree to be sustainable, it has to last at least 10 years. And it is that fake trees are made of plastic and metal, which require a lot of energy to produce and that generates even more synthetic garbage to be eliminated.
So, now that you know a little more, whats your choice?