Why renting your Christmas tree could be the smart choice

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Alfredo and Marcelo Lorenzo are dreaming of a green Christmas.It’s nothing against snow, but the father-son duo who founded Mississauga reforestation company Sapling Life prefer the holiday with an eco-friendly hue.They offer a more environmentally conscious kind of festive decor: Christmas trees for rent.“We want to change the status quo and the way we see Christmas trees,” says Marcelo, 28, who operates Sapling Life from Washington, D.C., where they hope to expand the business.The new company is part of a growing number of eco-friendly services devoted to potted-tree rentals. The business is touted as the eco-friendly alternative to fake trees made of plastic, which end up in landfills, and traditionally cut trees that can’t be replanted.Article Continued BelowOakville native Jeff Ferguson and business partner Sean Macalister launched a tree rental business in 2009 out of Burnaby, B.C., called Evergrow Christmas Trees Co. Ferguson had hoped the idea would catch on in the GTA. Today, live potted trees can be purchased at gardens across the GTA, including Sheridan Nurseries and the Lorenzos’ Sapling Life, which has so far received 15 orders this season.For the Lorenzos, it began last season after the duo learned that a fresh-cut tree they purchased had been growing for 12 years. “We thought it was a bit of a waste just to have it for two weeks,” says Marcelo.

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