Most of us have either heard (or uttered ourselves) the phrase, “man, you can buy ANYTHING on Amazon now.” While that’s not entirely true, it is pretty amazing just how much we actually can purchase on Amazon. This year marked the first in which consumers could purchase full, live, 7-foot Christmas trees. However, the e-market juggernaut might have some environmental issues associated with the plan that they had not thought about.
Amazon has shipped the full-size, 7-foot trees all month. Consumers have been able to order them in a variety of options, too—Fraser firs, Douglas firs, and Northfolk Island pines. They come in a box, delivered right to your front door. What’s more, if you’re a Prime member the trees also qualify for the service! Needless to say, your FedEx, UPS, and USPS delivery folks have been working harder than usual this year.
Amazon began selling trees last year, but they were limited to smaller options. Third-party sellers got the lion’s share of the larger trees. This year, it was different. Many people have taken advantage of the service. For some, the thought of heading out to the local tree farm to pick out a tree and haggle over the price was just too much of a burden. Like most of the products on Amazon, the convenience was too much to pass up.
However, that convenience might come with a price that our planet has to pay. There is a pretty substantial carbon footprint associated with shipping and delivering all of those trees. While efforts to reduce environmental impact are improving, long-haul trucking still has a long way to go.
Plus, keep in mind that all of those trees have been delivered in a 7-foot tall cardboard box with additional packing material. All of that material requires additional resources (which also come from trees) and a good portion of that material will likely end up in a landfill.
We’re not judging or anything, but we still think that you’re better off heading out and picking out your own tree. It’s more in keeping with the spirit of the holiday, and it’s definitely better for the environment.