Companies are now offering more sustainable Christmas tree rentals

The hottest trend this holiday season? Being sustainable.

All over the world, companies are now selling Christmas tree rentals that you can return to the farm once the season is over. This sustainable selling method doesn’t just ensure that firs and pines are being used to the fullest extent, but it also means that you can keep the same exact Christmas tree for years to come.

Winstones Ice Cream, a beloved family ice cream parlor in Stroud, U.K., is one of the many businesses putting the Christmas tree rental idea into practice. Around the holidays, the company has a “rent a tree” program through which customers can pick out a potted tree and make it a part of their family.

“You select which one you want and which size you’d like. You take it home, give it a name … make it a family member, bring it back to us, and you have the exact same tree then for the next 2-3 years,” Tom Vear, sales director at the company, explained to Newsflare.

According to Vear, Winstones decided to start selling Christmas tree rentals in order to “try and tackle the 8 million cut Christmas trees that are consumed in the U.K. every year.” Though many of these trees are recycled into mulch or fastened into a foundation for sand dunes, they release carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere when they are disposed of, which contributes to global climate change.

Winstones isn’t the only company selling sustainble Christmas tree rentals. As Twitter user Alexandra Lautarescu noted, London Christmas Tree Rental lets you rent a tree in a pot and, in January, it goes back to the farm until the following holiday season when you have the option to rent it again. When London Christmas Tree Rental’s trees reach 7 feet, they get planted in the forest.

In San Jose, Plantman also sells potted Christmas trees that they pick up after the holidays. Customers have the option to rent the same tree every year if they so desire.

Plenty of companies offer this new, more sustainable Christmas tree alternative, so check out Google or Yelp to find one near you!

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