Posts Tagged 'conserving'

Think green this holiday season

It has been said that between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans throw away an extra million tons of garbage each week. This trash includes wrapping, packaging, cards, food, paper plates and napkins, party decorations, bottles and cans, and more. That is a lot of garbage! Have you thought about ways you can reduce, resuse, and recycle this holiday season? We have!

Thoughtful Choices

Each year we like to provide our visitors and followers with simple tips on how to be more conscious of our planet while joining in the holiday spirit. You may remember some of these tips from last year because they are too important to leave off the list. We have also added some new tips to help you go green, and hopefully even save a little green this month.

When decorating:

  • Buy a potted or “balled” Christmas tree and replant it after the holidays. You can create a year-round habitat for local wildlife.
  • If you purchase a cut tree, recycle or mulch the tree for use in gardens and playgrounds. Avoid discarding it in a landfill.
  • Trim your tree with edible ornaments like popcorn, cranberries or gingerbread cookies! Later, move your tree into the yard to give the birds a holiday treat.
  • Conserve electricity by installing a timer on holiday lights. Even better, invest in LED holiday lights which use 90% less electricity.
  • Choose candles made from beeswax or soy. Because paraffin wax candles are made from petroleum and release the equivalent of diesel exhaust when burned, you can save fossil fuel resources, improve your indoor air quality, and reduce your exposure to carcinogens by using beeswax or soy candles.

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Have an eco-friendly holiday

Green Tip #4: Going green for the holidays.istock_000007381926large2 When it comes to conservation, it’s the little things that matter most. Give a gift to the environment this holiday season by taking the time to conserve! Here are 10 ways to have an eco-friendly holiday:

  1. Buy a potted or “balled” Christmas tree and replant it after the holidays. You can create a year-round habitat for local wildlife.
  2. Recycle or mulch a cut tree for use in gardens and playgrounds. Avoid discarding it in a landfill.
  3. Replace plastic bows with reusable cloth ribbons. Save gift wrap and ribbons to decorate next year’s gifts.
  4. Wrap gifts with colorful pages torn from magazines, the Sunday comics, last year’s calendar or old maps and posters.
  5. Instead of wrapping paper use decorative tins, baskets, boxes, or fabric bags.
  6. Conserve electricity by installing a timer on holiday lights. And invest in LED holiday lights.
  7. Send Internet holiday greeting cards or traditional cards made from recycled paper.
  8. Trim your tree with edible ornaments like popcorn, cranberries or gingerbread cookies! Later, move your tree into the yard to give the birds a holiday treat!
  9. Enjoy a delicious cup of organic hot coco. Cocoa contains twice as many antioxidants as red wine.
  10. Give holiday gifts of “time” to your family and friends. Nothing is more valuable!

 


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