Ever wondered what happens to that gigantic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center? It turns out that tree gets recycled into Habitat for Humanity homes!
Christmas trees represent quite the eco-dilemma. You want to participate in a holiday tradition, but you don't want the associated waste. You could go the more unconventional, recycled Christmas tree route, of course, but that sort of thing isn't for everyone.
Of course, there's the footprint associated with harvesting and shipping trees, but the big problem is what happens after the holiday is over. For private homes, the greenest choice might just be a living tree that you can plant when the holiday is over, but what about more commercial Christmas installations?
When Rockefeller Center's tree came down on January 7th, the folks at Habitat for Humanity turned that tree into lumber to help build homes for a community in need. This is the fourth year that the tree's owner, Tishman Speyer, has donated the enormous pine.
In its first year, the donated tree went to help build homes for Katrina victims. This year, the tree is headed to Greater Newburg, where it will help Habitat provide affordable homes for families in need.
Looking for the best way to dispose of your Christmas tree? Earth911 has resources for recycling your Christmas tree this year.
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