Last week, I got an email from Cascades Boutique generously asking if they could send me a 100% FSC-certified recycled cardboard Christmas tree. Of course they hoped I would review it on my blog. Well, I’m not really a Christmas tree kind of person. My feelings towards the holiday haven’t changed that much since my post last year about learning how to love Christmas and my other post about holiday buying. Still, I love the idea of a recycled cardboard Christmas tree, which makes irrelevant the eternal question of which tree is greener — a live tree or an artificial one made from plastic.
So I’ve asked Cascades to send a recycled Christmas tree to one of you. (12/14/2010 Update: Winner announced below.)
There are several style, sizes, and colors/patterns to choose from. Classico (41″ tall), Moderno (52″ tall), or Piccolo (24″ tall). Plain green, plain white (which is great for kids to color themselves), or brown with green and white decorations (as shown in the photo above.) The following video shows how a plain white tree can be transformed into a work of art. (The children all dressed like little white angels are a bit much for my taste. But what they do with the tree looks really cool. Great idea for the classroom?)
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFvuh_LMBuk
Enter the Give Away
12/14/2010 Update: The winner of the Cascades recycled Christmas tree is Andria. Congratulations!
Don’t Lose Your Head
Cascades is a company that makes all sorts of products besides recycled Christmas trees. On the green end of the spectrum, they produce recycled toilet paper and other recycled paper products. Greenpeace Canada has included Cascades in its 2010 Shopper’s Guide to Ancient Forest Friendly Tissue Products. But on the less eco-friendly end of Cascades’s product line are things like polystyrene foam food containers and trays. Ironic, isn’t it? I mention these other products because I think it’s important to both support the green efforts of big companies and also voice our concerns about products that are damaging to the environment. And because I want to stress to bloggers and consumers the importance of doing some research before accepting a company’s product pitch at face value.
All that said, I think the recycled Christmas trees rock. Hurry up and enter the contest before I change my mind and decide to keep the tree for myself.