9 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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Once the stockings have been dismantled, the chimney cleaned and the ornaments tucked away, consider recycling  your beloved Christmas tree in the most eco-friendly and savviest of ways. We’ve provided a list of unique suggestions to reuse your tree, that will honor this special fir while doing good things for you and Mother Earth.


1. Make a delicious Douglas Fir Sorbet


2. Host a cocktail party and get merry with a festive Douglas Fir Sparkletini


3. Act like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve: Grab a tall glass of milk and eat a plate of Douglas Fir & Orange Blossom Cookies

Photo by: Luna Cafe


4. Brew your own Spruce Beer

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5. Fight the winter sniffles with a healthy dose of Vitamin A & C.  Make a pot of Pine Needle Tea


6. Find a local Christmas tree recycling center by entering your ZIP code at Earth 911 (this fantastic online directory helps recycle just about anything)


7. Feed your perennials; cut up branches can be used as winter mulch


8. Provide Food & Shelter for Birds









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9.  Feed your compost with the Christmas tree.


  • Terri

    Great ideas. Didn’t know about the Earth 911. Thanks for the info. You have a very informative and enjoyable website. keep it going.

  • culture-ist

    Thanks Terri! So glad to hear that you were able to take away some good ideas from the article!