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The great Christmas tree debate

Is plastic the fantastic option, or should you keep it real? We investigate which tree type is better for the environment

The Christmas tree is the centrepiece of the festive season – adorned with sparkling fairy lights, delicate baubles and carefully wrapped gifts placed beneath it – it’s no wonder so much emphasis is placed on them when December rolls around. But, what about when January hits and you’re finished with the tree? Unfortunately, around 6 million real Christmas trees will end up in landfill this year, according to waste management company Fresh Start (fswaste.co.uk). The methane these wasted trees will produce is said to have 25 times the potency of carbon dioxide – which is bad news for the planet.

But can plastic alternate trees ever be the better option given how difficult the material is to dispose of? While the manufacturing and shipping of artificial trees consumes a lot of energy – they’re commonly made in China, for example – they could be perceived as a more sustainable option, due to the fact you’ll use them year after year, unlike the real version.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Looking back over 2019, if there is one person who has made their presence and message known, it’s Greta Thunberg. The passionate girl who skipped school to protest climate change has seen unprecedented media attention and created a movement bigger than anyone could have expected. At the tender age of 16 years old, she has achieved more than most will in their lifetimes. But she’s not the only one standing up for what they believe in and creating positive change. This issue we have rounded up some of our heroes of the past year, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Genesis Butler, and we are so grateful to these people for using their platforms for good. But it isn’t just the big names that need celebrating. Since the start of Be Kind, we have given the spotlight to the smaller, but no less significant, names doing their bit to improve the planet and the lives of those on it. We have met some truly wonderful, selfless people who work tirelessly to create a better world. So, to all the brilliant beings setting up and running zero-waste shops, to the soup kitchens making sure homeless people receive a hot meal, to the lift sharers, the litter pickers, the plastic-free period campaigners, the animal lovers, the bee protectors, the food-waste fighters, the cruelty-free cosmetic brands, and all those trying to put a smile on the faces of those having a rough time, we thank you. The time you give up, the things you do and the messages you share make a real difference. And kindness is catching, so let’s keep spreading joy into 2020. Have a very merry Christmas, Phillipa Editor