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Watch out for Christmas tree netting danger!

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 8:56 am in Animals, Environmental, Pollution.

Dear Gary:
I just got a beautiful Christmas tree at Costco. They have what I initially thought was a great way to contain and transport our tree (and all others). It consisted of putting a plastic net over the entire tree.

It was great to tie down and get in the house, but once I started taking the netting off the tree I realized this huge ball of plastic netting would probably end up in the ocean or some other place where wildlife might try and eat it or get stuck in it.

So now I’m in the process of cutting the entire netting (which covered an 8-foot noble fir) into 2-inch strips. I don’t even know if the netting is biodegradable/recyclable (doubt it).

I don’t mind cutting the netting up to make it safer for our wildlife but am begging you to please, please, please get the word out ASAP while people are still buying trees to please remember to break down the netting!
Sherri Walsh, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, Calif.

I appreciate you taking the time to alert us to that nasty netting.

While we’re on the subject, does anyone have any better suggestions for dealing with that nasty netting besides methodically cutting it up into smaller pieces? Please add your idea(s) in comments/reply below. Thanks for caring! /Gary

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3 Responses to “Watch out for Christmas tree netting danger!”

  1. Sharon Salisbury Says:


    Maggie just sent me your blog and the concern about tree netting. I had just sent out an-mail to my list as I was facing the same problem. I ended up zipping it in a plastic bag and hoping it will never escape. I had considered burning it but figured that might not be a great idea. I applaud the woman who is taking the time to cut up her netting. I have decided the best weapon is to ask them to not net your tree. It is harder to transport but a lot easier than cutting up the entire net or feeling guilty about killing innocent creatures. We could also start yet another movement to stop places like Home Depot from using the netting. Glad I am not the only one concerned about this. I am going to write a letter to the papers about this.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas,
    Sharon Salisbury

  2. ken Says:

    The Kirk Company sells a 100% biodegradable netting, which can also be recycled in most municipal programs. Maybe, you could inform Costco of this company.
    The Kirk Company 800-426-8482

  3. Danny Says:

    Dear Sherri,
    I`m a producer of Christmas tree netting. That netting is made with High density polyethilene granulat.
    I do it with hdpe DOW Chemicals. It is a specialy produced for the monofilaments. It isn`t biodegradable, bit it is highly recyclable. I sell more then 150 tons only to Scandinavia. Trust me, they would never accept something non-recyclable.
    However, everyone who get the tree in that kinde of net, hi should throw it into apposite recyclable bin for PLASTIC and we would never run any risc for anybody and anything to get stuck into it.

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