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A Truly Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree

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A Truly Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree

The debate about whether itís more environmentally friendly to have a live Christmas tree or an artificial one might finally be over thanks to a new option: renting one.

In cities across the United States and Canada including Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and Vancouver, you can rent a living Christmas tree. Unlike cut trees, the rented tree is a living, potted tree that is literally in a pot/container with the roots still intact and that is still growing.

Most companies offer the same service; they will deliver a living tree to you before Christmas and after the holidays, pick up the tree.

The cost of renting a tree is comparable to buying a traditional cut tree, although some companies charge a deposit fee. Some offer free delivery and pick up, while others charge for this.

As far as care and decoration of the tree, this also varies by company but all of them say no tinsel, keep it well watered and donít place it near a heater or fireplace.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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12:23PM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

I wish we had that option here. I would love to do that.
Thanks Judi.

4:30PM PDT on Jun 25, 2015

Yes, but we don't have that option here, as far as I know.
Thank you Judi.

7:42PM PST on Dec 9, 2014

forgot to say, I love this idea...had we known about it years ago.....

7:41PM PST on Dec 9, 2014

thanks......we have an artificial tree bought marked down from $100 to $7 about 17 or 18 years ago.......saved it from the trash we were told, but unfortunately probably still ends up there someday......

5:28AM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

thank you for sharing

11:29PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Interesting, thank you.

11:27PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Interesting, thank you.

1:29AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Have an old but naturally lookalike plastictree. Must be 15 years now and that is 15 trees spared

2:07PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

I love this idea, right now l have a fake tree, & when I get green led scented candles, it can look & smell like a real tree, but I really do miss a live tree, so thank you for the info.

5:10AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Interesting idea I like it .

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