In mindfulness of the environment and as another option in the real versus artificial debate for holiday trees, we chose a living, potted tree this Christmas! Living trees are brought into the home, then replanted after Christmas. If you don't have the land for replanting, your local parks department will likely accept your tree for planting after the holidays.
If you choose a cut tree, recycle!
Approximately 33 million real Christmas trees are sold in North America each year, according to the U.S. EPA. Luckily, about 93 percent of those trees are recycled through more than 4,000 available recycling programs. Known as "treecycling," recycling your holiday tree is a leading reason experts agree they are more environmentally friendly than artificial trees.
[partially excerpted from earth 911]
Left: Our live tree "Groot" | Right: Furoshiki wrap!