Going green to get the Christmas tree

With the weather as nice as its been the last few days, some families are dumping their cars to get their Christmas tree.

“Eric Seibel of Ballard went negative in his carbon footprint of getting his Christmas tree this year,” Tom Roush emailed us. Seibel and his two boys Asher and Clayton rode their bikes to and from the Boy Scout Christmas tree lot at St. Alphonsus School. “I got a call from him about 20 minutes after I took this picture,” Roush says, “He was elated to say that not only did he and the boys make it home safely, but the tree was alive and well, and was still standing straight up. Must be something to this whole knot tying thing and scouts.” The scouts just received another 400 freshly cut trees in time for another sunny weekend. “Our scouts will tie your tree to your car – or clearly, whatever vehicle you happen to show up in,” Roush concludes.

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LauraBeeSeattle
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LauraBeeSeattle

This picture is fantastic!

Robin Haglund
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Another fantastic way to green up your Christmas and your community is to rent a living tree that is later planted in local parks, like Carkeek. If you're interested in finding out more about nurseries in Seattle and even programs outside the Seattle area that offer these restoration tree programs read more here: http://www.gardenhelp.org/trees/christmas-trees

And, another option is to look at the Seattle Parks Foundation programs whereby your tree donation may become a living legacy holiday gift or memorial: http://www.gardenhelp.org/trees/living-legacy-h

Now…to decide about my own holiday tree….hmmm…:)

datajunkie
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datajunkie

Wait, so that isn't a cut tree but a planted tree? If not I'm rather interested in hearing about how a cut christmas tree puts your carbon footprint in the negative.

Black_Sheep
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Black_Sheep

And how it is “alive and well”?

ballardMike
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ballardMike

Heh heh… if you really want to go negative carbon footprint don't buy a Xmas tree that's been cut down w/ a chain saw and shipped to the city on a big truck! =}

conrad
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conrad

Maybe it is live, but who cares…sustainable tree farms. Lighten up before you suck the fun out of everything.

leafdrop
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leafdrop

bah Humbug!!

Ballard_Dad
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Ballard_Dad

bah reality. Unfortunately.

Yuppie
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Yuppie

Yeah, but I can carry two trees in my SUV, can you do that on your bike?

Evelyn James
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So obviously the Grinch is GREEN as well, by these posts. It's a fun, sweet article about a family's twist on getting the christmas tree home. Lighten up, or does that increase my carbon footprint? Go bah humbug somewhere else and kiss my well lit wreath.

lathum
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lathum

I laugh at these clowns as I gas up my SUV.

petramartin
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petramartin

These kids'll probably always remember the year they got the tree with the bike trailer. And the fact that a picture of them doing it appeared on the Internet is just icing on the cake.

It takes a cool dad to make memories like this. You go, pop!

SPG
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SPG

It might not be “green” to buy a christmas tree at all, but at least they did a little less harm by not driving it, if that was even the point…sometimes it's just fun to try and do something a little different. Good for them.

BTown
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BTown

Very cool. :) I have no issue with sustainable Christmas tree farming. As long as you don't burn the tree when it's done. Live Christmas trees have a large carbon footprint due to transportation.

Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

It's not green to buy that tree? What awful people. I'm so indignant.

datajunkie
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datajunkie

I'm all for carrying things on your bike. I love hauling big things on the back of mine. It's the embarrassing phrases in the post that bother me.

BarneyRubble
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BarneyRubble

I just gassed mine up! Feels great, not a shred of guilt here.

Matthew
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Matthew

People who start talking about negative carbon footprint have already sucked the fun out of everything. Asking whether it's a cut or planted tree is just asking whether they thought about the entire decision.

conrad
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conrad

Fun-sucker.

bob
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bob

One really does have to stretch the imagination to justify the I Love Gassing Up My SUV mentality, especially since it gets sold as patriotic. It turns out that the crowd who is concerned about their neighbors and concerned about their children having enough to survive enjoys a much richer tradition in the United States. We've got The Frugal American Housewife, the Progressive Movement, Henry David Whatshisname, et al. The Proud To Destroy Everything movement is a pretty recent aberration around here.

The guy who goes around dumping salt in the only drinking well in town, or who breaks in and eats the food stores meant for children, or who lights the oil wells on fire just to see a pretty light show can't expect to be very welcome in society for long…

NoraBell
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NoraBell

It's a beautiful picture of a father and his sons picking up a Christmas tree. Can't we just leave it at that?

SPG
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SPG

Most of the people complaining, well maybe some of them, wouldn't have said anything if the story was just that, but as soon as you throw in “negative carbon footprint” you'll get the cranks on both sides.
I agree that it is just a cool shot of a dad and his kids doing something a little different and fun.

BarneyRubble
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BarneyRubble

Far from not caring. I'm just not one of the greenwashed masses.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Yeah. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about anything on here turning into a political debate. Even a cute story about Christmas trees.

SPG
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SPG

Ahh, the internets and the rise of the Dbags…what can you do?

Oh wait. That's me half the time….nevermind.

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