Don’t get us wrong, we love holiday traditions—but the whole Christmas tree thing strikes us as a little barbaric. Kill a perfectly healthy tree, display it in your home, then toss it to the curb when you’re done with it? What a waste of life! Start a more sustainable tradition and rent a live tree; not only will it lessen your eco-impact, it will save you the hassle of needle cleanup and dead tree disposal. A live tree also will clean the air in your home during its stay. You can even rent the same tree each year and watch it grow with the rest of your family. (livingchristmastrees.com).
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