Green Christmas Tree: Chicken wire and pruned branches…

… or you could just stack gifts in the shape of a Christmas tree?

Grist’s Dumbra has suggestions for greens looking for an eco-friendly Christmas. Instead of a traditional fresh-cut or artificial tree:

  • Get a permit to cut a tree on National Forest land, thus helping with needed maintenance.
  • Choose a living tree and plant it later.
  • Rent a living tree that will be planted later (currently an option in Oregon and California).
  • Buy and decorate a potted (and therefore reusable) Norfolk pine.
  • Build your own tree from pruned branches and chicken wire.
  • String lights on a pine-cone wreath.
  • Stack gifts in the shape of a Christmas tree.
  • Decorate a mannequin, or a sideboard full of tiki mugs.
  • Make a Yule log.
  • Decorate a wooden drying rack or mantelpiece.
  • Make a cheese sculpture.

Read Dumbra’s “Which Christmas tree is the greenest?”

2 thoughts on “Green Christmas Tree: Chicken wire and pruned branches…”

  1. The potted tree is a nice idea, as is the replanting idea. The waste involved in buying a tree and just throwing it away is just that, waste. The rest of the ideas are sheer nonsense.

    On the other hand, any use counts as recycling. Mine’s going into the Barbecue pit for New Years Ribs. It is Texas, after all.

  2. G’Day! Steve Milloy,
    I just stumbled across this and, Sluggish Xmas is evidently an approach whose time has come. Interest in Xmas candle lights, Xmas window candles, vintage Christmas tree lights, Victorian Xmas candles and Xmas tree candle holders is on the rise. These harken back to a time when the holidays were simpler. And from all appearances, there is a groundswell of interest in producing getaway decorating much less stressful and somewhat more significant — less significant-tech and a great deal more inventive.
    BTW great blogpost

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