Oh the sacred and sought after holiday family Christmas Tree; so much to consider when selecting this hallmark symbol of the holidays. While I have always enjoyed the smell and look of a real tree, there was a pang of guilt when using a cut tree. Knowing that it takes 6-7 years for the tree to grow, and then it only stays in our home for six weeks, fills me with environmental remorse. Artificial trees are an option, but the negative environmental impact of all that plastic and energy consumed when shipping from overseas is something has always been a turn-off. Continue reading
I have always enjoyed the smell and look of a live tree, but it came with guilt knowing that it is harvested for just for a 6 week stay in our home. Artifical trees have perceived enviro-benefit, but you need to use them for 20+ years to be “carbon nuetral”. They are made overseas with plastic, so there is “green” guilt there as well.
We began exploring a sustainable and guilt-free way to enjoy this holiday tradition. After doing some research, we chose to go with a live tree that can be planted in our yard when the holiday is over.