World Christmas Tree 2008: Upload a Picture of Your Tree and Save World Forests

Feel less guilty about your Christmas tree (if you have one and celebrate Christmas, of course). I wrote over here last week about the benefits of buying a live tree from a local tree farm. Trees are compostable, a renewable resource, and local tree farms support the local economy. And artificial trees are made from petroleum products, shipped from China, and loaded with troublesome chemicals and potentially lead.

But there is still some nagging sense of guilt associated with cutting down a tree to decorate it, put it in your house, and celebrate for a few weeks.

So two activists started World Christmas Tree 2008. If you submit a photo of your tree, they will donate to the World Land Trust to save one square foot of rainforest somewhere in the world.

Brilliant. I submitted a photo tonight, and it was super easy and quick. I don’t see mine up on the site, but maybe it refreshes every so often.

So, for a few moments of time, you can lessen your green guilt about that beautiful tree in your living room! Have at it. Do you feel lighter?

4 Responses to World Christmas Tree 2008: Upload a Picture of Your Tree and Save World Forests

  1. Anonymous December 16, 2008 at 4:41 am #

    Another idea for discarded Christmas tree if you live in the country. Leave it in your yard all winter to create a shelter for animals during the cold months. Kids could watch and enjoy this and then you can drag it into woods to continue to be used by the local wildlife. I'll be uploading picture of my tree very soon to site. Thanks, love, Mom

  2. Katy December 16, 2008 at 7:29 am #

    Thanks, mom! That is exactly what we do every year. Natural composting of the tree, and it does make a great habitat.

  3. Amy December 16, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    We have not finished decorating yet BUT we found a four foot Norfolk Pine on Freecycle that is potted which we are using this year!

  4. Anonymous January 23, 2009 at 2:26 am #

    How did you find out about the activists? Do you know the people who run this site? I can't find any info on them at the World Land Trust website.Thanks, Clara

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