For a Green Christmas, Try Renting a Tree

Movement gains traction among eco-friendly
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2010 6:02 PM CST
This one's not potted: The 21-foot tall Christmas tree stands aglow in the Rotunda at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Daniel Shanken)

(Newser) – For those who want Christmas cheer but don't like the idea of killing a tree or buying an unrecyclable plastic replica, there's a third option: renting a live one. A number of firms have popped up offering to rent potted trees and replant them in nurseries after the holidays, reports USA Today.

Some even keep track of individual trees so you can rent the same one again and again. The idea's not a new one, but it's gaining traction among the growing eco-friendly segment. And with 28 million real trees and 12 million fakes ones bought each year, the market seems to be there. (Read more Christmas tree stories.)

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