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Tradition is one of those things that most people accept and few people question. The Christmas tree is one of those things that's made me wonder. Apparently the origin of the Christmas tree comes from pre Christian German heritage where its meaning was in bringing the beauty of nature into the home during the time of Yule. That's something that really rings true in me, in a world that moves so fast in manufactured urban landscapes, finding time to slow down and take in nature's beauty has value in my life and my home. They Holidays are a great time to relax, spend time with family, friends and loved ones and nature can only make that a more meaningful experience. If that's at the root of this centuries old tradition, why do we cut down and kill trees to have them in our houses for a few weeks when they could live out beautiful lives for decades or even hundreds of years in the wild? It seems real odd to me, maybe because I'm Jewish but I think there's more to it.

The answer is Carbonsync, a Vancouver based live tree delivery service that brings nature into your home and plants it into ecological restoration projects after you've enjoyed it over the Holidays. I recently met Brad Major, Carbonsyncs owner/operator, at the recent Climate Smart training, measuring our companie's carbon footprint, reducing emissions and offsetting the rest. They're a good team, super friendly and are creating value for families and our environment. Well done!

Top 3 things cool about Carbonsync

1. No need to sacrifice a tree, enjoy nature in your home while respecting it's future

2. Live trees are less flamable than dried ones so it's safer for your family and your home.

3. Carbonsync donates a portion of profits to Burns Bog Conservation Society, a great non-profit that's been working for decades to protect North America's largest urban green space