Saturday, November 22, 2008

Think GREEN this Holiday Season

The Holidays are here again. Did you know that American's discard an additional 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Years? Thats about an extra 25 million tons headed for the landfill.
Here are a few tips to lessen your impact on the earth this Holiday season:

  • E-mail your Holiday greetings this year. If you do buy cards make sure they are recycled ( as well as the envelopes)
  • When shopping for gifts remember to bring your own reusable shopping bag to hold your purchases
  • Look for gifts that come in minimal packaging or use recycled packaging
  • Decorate reusable boxes or gift bags that can be used year after year
  • Re-use wrapping paper. There are also some beautiful recycled papers now
  • Replace incandescent string lights with their LED (light emitting diode) counterparts. They use up to 95% less electricity, last 10 times longer, and produce very little heat making them safer
  • Buy a living Christmas tree in a pot. When it outgrows the living room you can plant it outdoors
  • Recycle you cut tree. You can call 1-800- CLEANUP or go to to find a tree recycling program near you

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