For most of us who celebrate Christmas, the choice for Christmas trees has typically been whether to buy a “real” Christmas tree or a “fake” one. From a Green/Sustainability standpoint, this posed as a dilemma. If you bought a real tree, it mean going to a tree farm and cutting one down or buying a tree off a lot. Either way, the tree was cut and after Christmas it was gone. Also, having a tree inside a house could cause a host of allergy and related issues. Buying a fake tree could be problematic because most artificial trees (as the industry prefers calling them) are made of plastic. This meant they have a ton of chemicals and are petroleum-based.
This morning I saw a USA Today headline that caught my eye: “Have a Green Christmas: Rent a tree” (the elevator of the Columbia Center provides some quality content for the quick 40 floor ride up). I thought it looked interesting so I checked it out online. And it is a very cool idea if you want to have a “real” tree for Christmas but don’t want the guilt of knowing that one is cut down every year for your celebration. I like how Green the idea is as well as some other benefits – such as watching “your” tree grow up with the rest of your family.
While the process and program is not foolproof, I do think this is an industry that will continue to grow in the future – and it will probably lead to similar ideas in related industries.
You can read the full USA Today article here.