Some Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Your Traditional Christmas Tree Are Not Very Cash-Friendly To Your Wallet.

One Two Tree.Cut Christmas trees and Halloween pumpkins share a common afterlife – they both have a meaningful place in our home for a short period of time and then they’re both hastily discarded. That’s why finding a lasting alternative to the traditional Christmas tree is so important.

Jubiltree Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Alternative.Inhabitat’s article, “14 Eco-Friendly Design Alternatives to the Traditional Christmas Tree,” was well-researched, timely and offered eco’ish alternatives to traditional Christmas trees but the prices can get more pretty crazy. Granted, a few of the smaller non-traditional tree options sell in the $20 range but four of the models listed in the artcle are priced above $349 and the wooden Jubiltree* eclipses the $500 mark. I may be wrong but I don’t think unreasonably over-priced alt-Christmas trees are going to change buying habits.

That’s why Jubbling would like to help you find reusable Christmas tree options that won’t crush your bank account and can be sourced locally. Our two reusable picks are the potted living Christmas tree and a used plastic tree from your local Goodwill store.

Going with a reusable potted living Christmas tree ($50-75) requires some management but it’s a great option for people who prefer an un-dead natural tree. If you’re ok with a plastic one, Goodwill has an assortment of previously-loved options in the $5-20 price range. Ideally, purchasing a used plastic tree means another new one will not be manufactured.

Consumers shouldn’t have to spend $500 on a eco-suavé Christmas tree alternative in order to gain some green street cred. Reusable Christmas trees that are wallet-friendly and match your preference (natural or artificial) are available and you don’t have to travel very far to find one. [Inhabitat]

*Jubiltree and Jubbling are not related.


Christmas Tree Made From Books

Christmas Tree Made From Books

Final score:

    Christmas tree made from books = 1
    $6.99 used Goodwill Christmas tree = 0.

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RIP (Almost) Potted Living Christmas Tree 2004-2011. Is A Plastic Tree Next? Is That Jubbling?

Potted Once Living Christmas TreeThe day finally arrived – after 7 years delivering a little holiday magic, we decided to retire our sparse but well-loved Potted Living Christmas Tree to give it a chance to recover. I dropped the ball this summer and didn’t water Potted Living Christmas Tree the 4 weeks we had sun. It’s now on life-support and has lost more than half of its pine needles due to missed waterings. Bringing it inside would probably be the last straw. My kids will miss the potted tree but the wife, not so much. Only being able to keep the Potted Living Christmas Tree inside for 2 weeks wasn’t enough (my next wife won’t mind) so she was also against getting a living replacement. Plastic tree? Isn’t that the anti-Jubbling? It doesn’t have to be.

There are many articles out there on what to buy and we posted one about our Potted Living Christmas Tree. I’ve read them and most recommend going with a real tree because it can be recycled. That’s when I realized that a plastic tree can be recycled too if you buy it used. So I packed up two of my kids and headed over to the local Goodwill.

Used Plastic Christmas TreeAt the front of the store, looking like the fraternity rejects in Animal House, we had a selection of used plastic trees to choose from. All priced $24.99 or less, we searched around and finally a $6.99 beauty caught my eye. So I asked the kids if they thought it would work and after a pause, they both said “sure, it would work.”

I was very proud of my $6.99 purchase and with lights and ornaments, the tree doesn’t look that bad. Even my first wife is happy. I had to tell anyone that would listen about my great deal and my mom was the first to hear about it. Her response: “I would’ve given you mine for free and you could’ve saved $6.99.” My next mom won’t say that.