These days, climate change is a topic that’s rarely far from public conversation, and more and more people are wanting to know what they can do to help. With organisations having such a crucial role to play in the world’s ongoing sustainability efforts, we are doing our bit this Christmas.
Because, despite the joy it brings to many, Christmas is also a time of excess; when the pressure to buy and consume overrides the importance of recycling and reusing. Currently, around six million Christmas trees are discarded every year, with a staggering 250 tonnes of trees – all of which could be composted – thrown straight in the bin.
Christmas trees and sustainability, of course, have a complicated relationship – something ellenor’s Supporter Engagement Officer Leah is quick to recognise.
“A lot of people don’t want a Christmas tree because, well… you’re cutting down trees! But I think if we can do something about what happens at the other side, people can still have a Christmas tree. I have a plastic tree – it’s not my favourite thing, because it’s plastic! – but my other half, in turn, doesn’t want a real one because of [the environmental impact].
“It’s a Catch-22. You want one because you love them, but actually they can be equally bad. So it’s just about doing something to counteract that – [to think about] the full life cycle.”
That’s why this festive season, Leah is leading the charge on ellenor’s brand-new Christmas tree recycling initiative. For a minimum donation of just £12.50, we will be offering a Christmas tree collection service to people living in Kent. The goals are twofold: raising money to support the vital care and support ellenor provides to life-limited patients and their families, whilst also supporting the planet.
And even if you don’t participate in ellenor’s Christmas tree recycling initiative, there are still plenty of ways in which you can ‘chip in’.
Once collected and chipped – a task made possible by ellenor’s corporate partners in the community – the chips will be sold on via local enterprises, such as Meopham PYO and Broadditch Farm Shop. Every pound spent on these chips will help ensure ellenor is able to continue offering its vital care and support of life-limited patients – and their families – within the local Gravesend community.