Oh Tannenboing! Something to Spring for This Holiday

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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:

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The recycled aluminum spiral is perforated with 240 holes, allowing you to decorate the Tannenboing with all of your favorite ornaments. It sounds a little far-fetched, but there are more than enough holes to accomodate all of the usual tree decorations and the result is interesting.

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

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