Tinsel was once a staple for every Christmas Tree. It glistened and sparkled in every home, but in recent years Tinsel seems to have disappeared from our homes, and every year we see less and less Tinsel on our Christmas Trees.
Market factors and industry trends such as sustainability and changes in interior decorating styles, like the incorporation of minimalistic décor has meant Tinsel is no longer a Christmas favourite.
At ChristmasTimeUK, we have certainly seen an increase in popularity of the minimalistic trend, especially since Covid-19, where we started to appreciate the simplest things in life more.
As sustainability becomes an increasingly important factor in our lives, people are making the ever-so-conscious decision to switch to sustainable materials. With Tinsel being unrecyclable, it’s no surprise that it’s cropping up less and less on our Christmas displays.
According to Maesindo, plastics such as PVC, which is the material used to make Tinsel, takes more than 450 years to decompose. So, If you like Tinsel but are put off by the environmental impacts that comes with it, a great alternative is to use paper decorations. Christmas décor made from paper streamers or paper garlands easily mimics the effects that Tinsel creates, without impacting the environment.
On the other hand, because Tinsel is very durable and long-lasting, this means it can be reused year after year, it is a great investment to create less waste at Christmas.
Increase in popularity of minimal decor.
With minimalism becoming increasingly popular in Christmas displays, big, bright, and sparkling Tinsel doesn’t always fit in with this style.
However, Tinsel can work well with the minimal aesthetic of a Christmas Tree if you are going for an all-white theme. Keeping the colour of the Tinsel, the same colour will blend smoothly with the rest of the décor on the tree.
Alternatively, for those looking for a minimal approach to their tree this Christmas, swap the tinsel with ribbon to get a more subtle look. Ribbons can be reused year after year, they can also be repurposed into gift wrapping for Christmas Presents once you have finished with them.
With the cost of living increasing rapidly, we may see Tinsel appear again once more in homes as a cheaper way to create a twinkle without having to use Christmas lights. The shiny, sparkly strands reflect the light in the room, which is a great way to add sparkle at no extra cost.