Tis the season for giving. However, tis is also the season that causes maximum environmental damage through cutting down precious trees be it balsam, spruce and fir so that they may add charm to your baller home, only to be discarded after the season is over. While the real trees look enchanting and ring in the holiday season with the traditional sights and smells of Christmas, the energy and water expenditure to maintain them is five times more expensive than purchasing an eco tree. When you decide to throw the real one away, it creates wasteful landfill and the vicious cycle continues. Why not indulge in some environmental giving this holiday season and contribute to the green cause by buying a Green Christmas Tree. Check out the RINND Christmas Tree by Australian graphic designer Buro north.
This is no ordinary tree but an award winning tree having won the Victorian Premiers Design Award in 2008. The tree is made of plywood and an attempt to do away with plastic and cut down trees. It is made with 100% environmentally friendly ingredients and uses a low-energy manufacturing technique that ensures minimal wastage. Designed as a replacement for the traditional fir tree, the RINND bears a subtle resemblance to the real fir and is a contemporary twist to traditional Christmas season. It is not the traditional green color but bears the color/stain of linseed – a camel brown color. It is available in three sizes – 400 mm, 930mm and 2100mm. The prices are AU$149 (US$147), AU$349 (US$345) and AU$2,339 (US$2313) respectively.
It is 80% more environmentally friendly than the traditional Xmas trees and is available in a flat packaging. It can be used and re-used year after year by folding it down and storing it away when the season is over. Until of course, you yearn for a different design. It is minimalistic and modern and would do well in a home with contemporary décor.
Please be aware of the rip off by Modernica who is supposed to have stolen the design from Buro North. To buy the original Buro North tree, please visit the Buro Tree Online Store. Shipping is available to overseas destinations and cost would depend on location.
Like Mark Zuckerberg, charity is not the only way to give back to society. You can do your bit too by leaving a smaller ecological footprint this Christmas. Have a joyous and wonderful holiday season – From All of us here at Baller House.