Enjoy a natural Icelandic Christmas tree

3. December 2018

Choosing an Icelandic Christmas tree is according to the mission of Hostelling International and the Sustainability Policy of HI Iceland.

That’s why we enjoy a natural Icelandic Christmas tree

This natural Icelandic Christmas tree…

  • …has sequestered carbon throughout its’ lifetime. Carbon sequestration of Pinus contorta is approximately 7-11 tons CO2 pr. ha. pr. year.
  • …is a local production. This tree is grown in Heiðmörk, by the Reykjavík Forrest Association.
  • …hasn’t been covered with pesticides or insecticides. No chemicals are used in Icelandic forestry.
  • …was cut for maintaining and thinning of the forest anyway.
  • …will be replaced with 30 new trees next year.

A similar natural foreign Christmas tree…

  • …has also sequestered carbon throughout its’ lifetime. Carbon sequestration of Pinus sitchensis is approximately 7-11 tons CO2 pr. ha. pr. year.
  • …has been transported approx. 2,000 km from where it grew. This causes great carbon emissions.
  • …has been affected by pesticides and insecticides. Use of pesticides and insecticides is common in the production of Christmas trees.
  • …might bring foreign invasive species to Icelandic nature.

A plastic Christmas tree…

  • …has not sequestered any carbon. The production has added carbons to our precious atmosphere.
  • …is made of plastic, made from oil. Oil is a non-renewable resource from fossil plant remains and cannot be restored.
  • …is most commonly made in Asia and thus transported approx. 8,000 km from where it was produced. This causes great carbon emissions.
  • …has at least three times bigger carbon footprint than the Icelandic tree we have here.

Choosing an Icelandic Christmas tree is according to the mission of Hostelling International and the Sustainability Policy of HI Iceland. To us, sustainability means continuously striving to find new solutions to minimise the environmental impact of our operations. We like to lead by example and by good actions. Celebrating Christmas in our HI Hostels is an excellent opportunity to take an active role in promoting sustainability.

 

Our Christmas trees are carefully planted, grown and maintained by the Reykjavík Forrest Association in the outskirts of Reykjavík. 

 

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