At Mac + Wood, we use recycled timber to produce amazing and unique pieces of furniture. It may be a farmhouse kitchen table or something with a more modern theme like an industrial dining table.
We will carefully select timber and create a bespoke piece of furniture for you, our client. As Christmas is almost upon us, however, we thought we’d do something entirely different and take a look at the humble Christmas tree.
You’d be absolutely correct to assume we do not make our range of furniture from Christmas trees, Far from it. In fact we’ve written previously about various sources of reclaimed wood. Each year, however, millions of trees are purchased in the UK and once the festive season is over, they all have to be disposed of. Many are recycled, but some sadly make their way into landfill.
The trade in Christmas trees can be very lucrative. Believe it or not, us Brits will buy around six million of them this year. To meet demand, they are shipped in from Lithuania, Ireland and Denmark.
If you want to get yourself a good tree, check its weight. The heavier it is, the more recently it will have been felled. Trees bought from supermarkets are sometimes felled months before they are actually sold.
Once the holiday season is over, the trees have to be disposed of. Thankfully the majority are reused and turned into wood chippings. In fact recycling rates have shot up enormously over recent years which is fantastic news for the environment.
Regrettably, however, some are fly-tipped or end up in landfill. Here’s a figure for you; for each tree that ends up in landfill, the local authority must pay approximately £2.32 in landfill taxes and fees.
Of course these trees are bred solely for decorative purposes. They would be no good for producing the high quality furniture we specialise in.
If you would like more information about the benches, tables, and other items we produce then please do get in touch. Oh, and next time you are putting wood chippings down in your garden, remember they may very well have been part of a family’s Christmas celebrations.