A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info
Making an eco-friendly Christmas tree is a great way to get creative and generate fun activities for the family. And all with a sustainable purpose!
Having a Christmas tree for the holidays has been a tradition for many years. Regardless of the religion that each one professes, buying a new tree, choosing ornaments, and decorating the house is an activity that motivates everyone. In addition, it is a good time to share with family and friends.
However, these celebrations arguably are not entirely sustainable. With the concern generated by the environment and all the actions that countries are taking to mitigate the effects on the ozone layer, the world is moving towards more and more sustainable activities and policies. And Christmas could not be an exception. While using a real tree and decorations made from different materials are not the most environmentally friendly option, there are other ways to create a more sustainable Christmas.
On the other hand, creating a Christmas tree is a great excuse to spend time with the little ones doing crafts for Christmas because, in addition to the tree, you can create Christmas decorations, postcards for congratulations, or anything you can think of.
A sustainable Christmas tree can be created with glass bottles, cardboard, fabric, tin cans, wooden slats, Eva foam, cardboard, cotton, glitter, and many other materials.
• Glass bottles have bottles on several levels giving it the shape of a Christmas tree. Place a glass or wood in the middle of each floor so that they are stable.
• Cardboard containers or egg cups: They can be painted green and placed to form a Christmas tree.
• Wrapping paper: strips of a paper should be cut neither too wide nor too narrow and folded so that they are all the same. Then join them forming different levels giving shape to the Christmas tree. It is not necessary to use a new paper, you can save the one from this year's gifts to make the tree next year.
• Bottle corks: the corks are placed in levels, shaping them and gluing them so that they do not fall off. If when finished it is painted green, there is a tree with which you can make crafts with the little ones.
• Pallets: With this material, you can create several Christmas tree models, such as painting it directly on the pallet with white or green, drawing the silhouette of the tree and cutting it, or undoing the pallet and creating the Christmas tree from the slats.
• Soda cans: place the cans in the shape of a pyramid on a square base and if they are of different colors the visual effect will be more beautiful.
• Food cans: clean the cans very well inside and out and remove all traces of food and paper. Paint the inside and out with different colors so that the effect is more beautiful and make a little hole on the sides to form patterns so that the light goes outside. Christmas decorations can also be hung from these holes and, finally, placed in a pyramid shape to give the Christmas tree the desired look.
• Hanging Christmas balls: this is the most original Christmas tree model, where it seems that we have decorated the tree and then removed it. The effect is very beautiful, and you just have to hang the balls from the ceiling so that they remain suspended with the help of transparent thread.