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!
Furoshiki ("foo-roe-sh-kee") a traditional wrapping cloth used to carry gifts or shopping.
In Japan, the art of wrapping gifts with furoshiki is common. This beautiful practice keeps one mindful of the environment by reducing waste and helps build a legacy to pass on to family of cherished moments preserved in fabric! furoshiki.com/techniques/
Furoshiki is an elegant, versatile and earth-friendly way to wrap or transport a gift. It can up-cycled; re-used as a scarf, a kerchief, a headband, or impromptu rain cape!
During the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away, and throughout the year millions more tonnage of disposable wrapping and bags are sent to landfills or end up in the oceans and seas of our planet.