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A Truly Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree

Once the tree is picked up after the holidays various companies do different things with the trees. The trees are either brought back to a nursery to continue growing, or they are planted in a wide variety of locations especially those that have grown too big to rent out. The trees are planted in landscaping projects, donated to urban reforestation projects, reforestation projects, or donated to a tree planting organization.

Renting a living tree is eco-friendly not only because you are saving a tree from being destroyed, but also because you are helping the environment as the trees keep producing oxygen — whether the trees are returned to a nursery or planted in another area.

The living tree additionally benefits as a living air freshener, cleaning the air in your home while you have it. It is also less likely to drop needles and is less of a fire hazard.

Started in 1992, The Original Living Christmas Tree Company in Portland, Oregon is one of the oldest tree rental companies around. They deliver full size potted Christmas trees, and after Christmas, the trees are planted around schools, churches, in parks and watersheds all over the Northwest.

The Living Christmas Company in the Los Angeles area is committed to sustainability in everything it does. The company even delivers its living trees in a bio-diesel truck and also sells environmentally friendly ornaments, LED holiday lights, recycled ribbons, and fair trade ornaments as well.

They also only rent trees that are local to the delivery address, making their carbon footprint as small as possible.

In addition, since some trees donít hold up to rental year after year, Living Christmas Company donates those to a tree planting organization to become part of an Urban Reforestation Project.

The idea has even caught on in Great Britain as well. The Little Tree Company offers delivery and pick up across the United Kingdom. Once the trees are no longer suitable for rental, they plant them in woodlands to create habitats for Britainís wildlife.

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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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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 .

12:19PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Nothing replaces the childhood memories of going to pick a real tree at the tree lot on a snowy evening. The smell of evergreen filling the air, the feel of the soft, fresh needles (the blue spruce) when decorating, having to put water in the stand, sweeping the needles up after Christmas. It was wonderful as a child and I'll never forget those memories. As an adult I realize that saving our natural environment is more important than having a natural tree, and that having a fake tree can be a good substitute, but as others said, it eventually ends up adding to environmental trash. A live tree sounds good but not everyone has room to plant it afterward. I have a 3 foot tall rubber plant and I draped a string of lights on that and it looks beautiful. Light a pine scented candle or use a pine scented oil warmer and voila! Christmas magic that helps protect the natural environment.

7:07PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

I found the best Xmas tree I have ever owned at the craft show this year. It is made of a weathered looking cast iron. It consists of two tree shaped plates (one halved) that fit together into a stand. The effect is like a standing metal Xmas card. There are holes for decorations. I had a blast decorating it and it looks great. The 5 foot size was less than $100 and it will last me a lifetime.

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