Gallery: HOW TO: Green Your Christmas Tree


Christmas trees are one of the most enjoyable traditions of the holiday season, and there are lots of easy ways to go green with your Christmas tree: from using living potted Christmas trees, to recycled cardboard trees, to buying LED Xmas lights. After weighing the choices every December for years, and going on my own personal quest to have the greenest Christmas tree ever, here are the most eco-friendly tips I can offer on greening your holiday tree:

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  1. JakeyM February 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm

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  2. Wade Hewitt December 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I’m a fan of the Charley Brown Christmas Tree. It’s small and I can use it for many years without hurting the environment.

  3. Justin Mayfield December 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    These are great tips! Though buying a cut tree is actually a pretty green thing to do already:

  4. silverbells January 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

    For several years now we have used a small dead tree or tree branch with a pleasing shape,that we find on our walks in the woods. We put it in a Christmas tree stand and decorate it just like a regular tree, and it looks very pretty. Sometime in the future we may paint the tree white for a different look.

  5. Loft152 January 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Fun to see the creative alternatives here! We, too, were challenged with the real vs artificial debate this year. In the end we decided against a real tree and decided to make our natural & reusable tree from excess maple plywood from my partner’s shop. If you’re interested, check it out at:

  6. travelina December 28, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Yes, the trouble with live trees is that they aren’t meant to live indoors. We always buy a cut tree and recycle it in our backyard. We cut off the branches and use them to cover spring bulbs, and the trunks make good landscaping ties to help stop erosion on our hillside.

  7. NK December 26, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Hi Jill;
    Thanks for the live tree tips. I got a living tree this year and I am really hoping to get some extended life out of it!
    It’s great to see the pics of you and the sweetest Petey too.

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