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So when we recommend an artificial tree in this list, it's only carefully. And here's an example of a fake tree that passes muster, and is really rather elegant too. Reusable forever, this is a fabulous tree to pass down from generation to generation as you solidify yourself as a 'No Cut Tree' family. Set lights on a timer and way you go. This is also a sharp tree for business offices that often go PVC tree route. All you office managers, stop! Before you commit to one of plastic trees, see if you can do better for air quality of office. Your staff will thank you...
Available in specialty Christmas stores, and at this link: http://amos.catalogcity.com/cc.class/cc?main=departments&act=d%2C1922&pcd=4402579&ccsyn=117
7. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try a bonsai or miniature evergreen tree.
Especially if your space is limited, or you just adore small, miniature evergreen trees are a readily available alternative to cut Christmas trees. They last a long time, and again, because they are living trees, using them or Christmas will help planet immensely. Remember, a cut tree is a dead tree!
Visit online retailer Red Envelope for more information about Mini Cypress Tree or Rosemary Tree http://www.redenvelope.com
8. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, sponsor planting of 15 or more live trees in a damaged ecosystem.
Those of you who read regular issue of Joy to Planet (88 ways to enjoy life AND help planet) know I am a big fan of planting trees. And doing so for Christmas is a truly perfect choice. In face of millions of trees that are cut down for Christmas, PLANTING 15 or more, for US$15, is a bold and brilliant statement worthy of celebrating.
The non-profit organization American Forests makes it simple and easy to do. Just click link and consider hanging a Christmas wreath beside certificate they send you as thanks. http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/holidays.php
9. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, decorate a completely different kind of household tree or plant.
In Hawaii, Christmas tree of choice is actually Palm tree, and family at this link http://www.joytotheplanet.com/images/ripebanana1.JPG chose to honor their banana tree with ornaments this year. (Thanks go to Tom Elliot's Alternative Energy Information Centre for photo and inspiration.) What living room plant or tree can you dress up? 10. Instead of a cut Christmas tree in your house, stop and make a point of enjoying all Christmas trees that are already out there.
Have you ever stopped and noticed how many Christmas trees - artificial, cut, potted, inflatable, outdoor, what have you - you walk by every December? Last time I was out, I counted more than thirty!
So this year, instead of cutting down a Christmas tree for your own private viewing, why not take a moment and enjoy many trees that have been decorated with care out there? Whether it be at mall, on Christmas television special, in magazines, Internet, or one in your friend's living room (until next year, when you convince her not to get one!). There's plenty of tree to enjoy for all of us.
Merry tree-free Christmas!
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