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!
Adam J. Sulkowski