Christmas Trees and Fashionable Giving
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I am not against Christmas trees in any way. And as an environmentalist, I’m not against Christmas trees except in one way ~ transportation! I’m also not in favor of nitwits going out into the pristine forest, finding the perfect tree, then chopping it down. However, by far the majority (95-98%) of Christmas trees sold in the United States come from tree farms.
Surprisingly, a tree farm actually helps the environment. In fact, the young trees consume vast amounts of CO2 while exhaling O2 for all us polluters. Christmas trees are usually harvested between 6-8 years old, thus they have contributed a lot to the planet. I have read but find it hard to believe that fake trees seem to be no worse on the environment than live trees. A tree farmer‘s convincing perspective can be read here: http://www.middleburgxmastrees.com/environmental-impact-xmas-trees.html.
American Christmas trees are very young tradition which never really caught on until the mid-late 1800’s, some even credit the first White House Christmas tree with starting the tradition as late as 1933. (For a brief history of Christmas trees visit http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees#section_4.)
Hawaii may grow some Christmas trees, but the population innocently orders huge container ships of trees annually. If they saw this for themselves, I’m sure it would dampen their desire for a tree. Surely we can think of a better tradition!
Fashionable Giving basically includes everything that has the prefix RE
Recycle, Reuse, Regift (in a manner that follows the rules of polite society), Remake, Rebuild, Reorganize, Remake, Reinvent…
Before any purchase, 2015 pretty much demands that we calculate the carbon footprint left by the item being considered. The very best and most fashionable thing to do, is SHOP RESALE; aka secondhand, thrift, pre-owned, hand-me-down, consignment, etc. You can probably find a resale store in every large city on the planet.
Happy Holidays from Wild By Nature, Inc.