Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you may find this interesting and/or an intriguing business opportunity, just when you may have thought it was too late to come up with your own green business: it looks like no company is (on a large scale) producing and selling easy-to-recycle Christmas trees? The New York Times Blog on Energy and the Environment contains content that explains why the use of real, cut trees has a lower environmental impact than artificial trees, due partially to the fact that artificial trees are made from difficult-to-recycle polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Ideas on how to reuse a ragged artificial tree are available at a site called DollarStretcher.com and here at eHow. Conversely, you might prefer to not pay anything for your tree and reuse materials (glass, plastic, or others) to build your own tree – WebEcoist has some examples of what people have improvised. Or, you just might be the first to think of a way to mass produce and sell a tree for the mainstream market that is made from a variety (or varieties) of plastic that is (or are) more easily recyclable. Happy holidays!
Recyclable artificial Christmas trees: really? Not yet on the market?
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I have been getting my tree at a tree farm and I have the farm put the tree in a pot. I bring the tree in and out of the house and get about 3 years out of the same tree. Then I plant them in my yard.
What a great idea – and a great approach to the solving of the problem – indeed, why kill the tree in the first place? Of course, some may ask why we maintain the tradition of a tree in the home in the first place. Regardless of the answer to that question, there’s something to be learned, I think, from this approach that could be a lesson we can apply to other problems: in consider options, why do most of us not even see the fact that there are more options than at first seem obvious?
I decorate for Christmas a big cactus Euphorbia trigona which I keep as a house plant for many years. It looks very similar to a fur tree and it’s easier to stick decorations on it.
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