7 Bizarre Yet Wonderful Christmas Tree Alternatives

7 Bizarre Yet Wonderful Christmas Tree Alternatives

Due to pocketbook and environmental concerns, this might be the first year of our lives that we go without a real Christmas tree. Knowing that a substitute of some sort is absolutely crucial -- we started looking into alternative ideas. What do you have in your house that could stand in for a Christmas tree (a ladder, perhaps)? Here are 7 wacky but charming possibilities.

Also: Old-school dishwashing that saves water and detergent, 9 green gift wrapping ideas, the virtues of glass for food storage, and water conservation tips. All after the jump.


Washing dishes the old-fashioned way is back in style. And, it saves water and detergent. Check out the Dishmaster.

Gift wrapping can be an integral part of the holiday season. It also wastes a lot of paper. Why not try one of these 9 ways to green your gift wrapping?

Conserving water at home is a constant struggle for us. We're always looking for new ways to do it. Here are a few of the best tips we've gotten from Re-nest readers.

Plastic is on its way out. It's questionable as a way to store food, and a big no-no for reheating. Glass is the way to go.

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