Craftsters can turn paper into snowflakes or partridges, and hikers can search for natural pine cones. But if you’ve got a naked Christmas tree and two left thumbs, here are some affordable and eco-friendly tree ornaments to pick from:
These simply chic birds are cut from 100% eco-certified felted wool and shipped flat for efficient delivery. A set of two birds — one each in white and red — costs $18 at Branch.
Upcycled from discarded potato chip wrappers, these fairly traded ornaments are crafted by artisans in Nepal. Available in silver or multicolored variations, ornaments come in a circle or star shape. Get them at BTC Elements for $10 each.
Made of gourds grown in the coastal valleys of Peru, these fairly-traded gourds allow Peruvian carvers to continue a traditional craft. Each ornament’s unique and will vary in size and shape. A set of three gourd ornaments costs $18 at Global Exchange.
Amenity ornaments are printed on a hemp-and-organic-cotton blend fabric with nontoxic inks, then filled with spun recycled plastic bottles. Pick from a bird, circle, moon, or star in gold, silver, moss, or espresso at Amenity for $9 an ornament.
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