Recyclable artificial Christmas trees: really? Not yet on the market?

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 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!

About Adam Sulkowski

Associate Professor of Law and Sustainability, specializing in research and teaching on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, and corporate and environmental law.
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5 Responses to Recyclable artificial Christmas trees: really? Not yet on the market?

  1. Lori Zanin says:

    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.


  2. 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?


  3. Kyrill says:

    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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