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The Christmas tree is not the only thing that mars the holiday's environmental record, but it is certainly a major player. While farmed-raised trees are inherently "green," farmers' proclivity for pesticides and shipping to big-box parking lots means that shopping for a true evergreen can be a challenge. The artificial alternatives to real trees are, more often than not, toxin-laced PVC monstrosities.
At least, this is how it used to be. Now, there is a new artificial alternative to the traditional tree; one that will add a touch of modern flash to your holiday decorations.The Tannenboing emerges from the box as an unadorned recycled-aluminum spiral. When you hang it from a pole or suspend it from the ceiling it looks like a stylized rendering of a Christmas tree. Then the fun begins:
The Tannenboing is not cheap. This holiday season, 100 "first edition" Tannenboins, all numbered and signed by their creator, will be available for $995 each. Obviously, this is unreasonable for most people. However, if you are looking for a reusable non-toxic alternative to the Christmas tree—one that is modern-looking, made in the United States, and capable of creating a new tradition in your home—the Tannenboing might be the perfect investment.
Read more about sustainable holidays:
Holiday Gift Guide 2009: Have a Slow Holiday
Christmas Trees Add to Global Warming
How To: Pick a Green Christmas Tree