Keeping environmentally friendly during the season

Last year I wrote about the Delancey Street Foundation and that we support the organization by buying our tree at one of their lots every year. It was no different this year.

But what I wanted to write about this time around was the certified environmentally friendly tree we purchased.

According to the website, Coalition of Environmentally Conscious Growers, the Coalition group of Christmas tree growers agrees to farm using methods that are conscious of the environment, and to submit their farms to an ongoing series of independent physical audits that verify compliance with strict certification program standard.

According to the tag, which certifies that the tree was grown under stringent conditions, on our tree, the independent auditor evaluates using this criteria:

  • Riparian/Wetland Management
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Nutrient Management
  • Pest Management
  • Worker Safety and Protection
  • Biodiversity

Our tree came from Holiday Tree Farms has been growing trees since 1955. Our tree came from Oregon and was grown on a tree farm and not harvested from a natural forest.

And as I wrote in my post last year, North American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent of all artificial … Continue reading

Buy a tree, help someone out

Curt and I got our Christmas tree yesterday.

I love having a live tree. I know that isn’t environmentally aware … or maybe it isn’t so bad.

According to this article I found online:  North American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent of all artificial trees are manufactured in China. Real trees are recyclable. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastic.

Every year that we have gotten a tree in the Bay Area (so about seven years) we have gotten our Christmas tree from the Delancey Street Foundation tree lot.

Delancey Street Foundation is a self-help organization for substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom. They run restaurants, moving companies, furniture making, Christmas tree lots and cafés and bookstores.

These guys work hard and they seem happy to be working so hard.

Sometimes you can be in such a bad place and someone gives you another chance or a job or a choice to help yourself with just a little boost.

Most of the time people just need a little help. They need that encouragement to get out of that bad place.

And I believe Delancey Street Foundation is doing just … Continue reading