Quick & Green Holiday Tips
- Make Your Own Wrapping Paper – Or reuse (unwrap and tape very carefully!). Most wrapping paper cannot be recycled. That's right – it just hangs around landfills. Instead, try using the comic section for a laugh (or spots or business – whatever theme fits the gift). Or if you have little ones, let them join in the fun – have them decorate pieces of paper (30% recycled content preferrably) and tape together for a unique package. Decorated cardboard boxes can be reused each year (this is good re-gifting). And finally, those little name labels – cut up the old holiday cards!
- Local / Organic Ingredients – Remember the Who's in Whoville? Betcha they got that roast beast local! Try substituting a few things that work for the budget. And wherever you shop, don't forget your canvas/reusable bag.
- Give Green, Pledge Green – Give green gifts to each other to help save on energy. Instead of that extra red tie, maybe Dad should have a new set of CFL bulbs and Mom has a progammable thermostat. Remember, lowering the temperature 5 degrees will save 10% on your energy bills in one year! See – now Dad will use that sweater!
- Double Check The Tree – Christmas trees are normally covered in chemicals – but more and more, you can find one that isn't. It's worth it – you'll be living with this tree for a while, after all. Even better – most chemical trees are sold locally so you'll be supporting your local grower! Consider decorating an outside tree, fireplace mantle or another alternative. About 98% of Christmas trees end of in landfills – see if a local chipper (woodsman) will chop it up for Spring gardening or check out www.earth911.org to find a tree-recycling program.
- Greener Greetings – Send emails instead of cards and e-vites instead of invitations.
Let us know if you are doing something cool – and green – for the holidays! We'd love to have you share your green christmas tips!