Renting Christmas Trees

I came across an article in usatoday about the city of San Francisco renting Christmas Trees. The trees aren’t your typical Christmas evergreen, but a variety of different trees that will be taken from your house and planted after the holiday season.

The program is being marketed as an environmentally friendly way to celebrate Christmas with a tree (no petroleum based artificial trees or real trees that need to be taken to the landfill once the New Year arrives). It’s a great idea although the cost of the program is a bit steep – $90 per tree.

Interest doesn’t seem to be a problem as all the 100 trees for the launch this year were claimed within a week of the city’s announcement. It would seem like there would be a potential business in something like this.

In fact, there is a company that does just that in Oregon (and where San Francisco got the idea for their program) called the “Original Living Christmas Tree Company” that has been doing this for the past 14 years. They charge from $55 on up and then get paid again when they plant the tree in someone’s yard.

It’s been awhile since I’ve spent a Christmas in the US, but I assume that $55 for a tree is pretty competitive with purchasing a standard Christmas tree. I’d love to see something like this expanded – it just seems to make a lot of sense.

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