Posts Tagged 'green holiday'

Thoughtful Thursdays: ‘Tis the season

Enjoy, Respect, Protect
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This Friday is our annual World Holiday Traditions celebration, and this year our young visitors will create holiday greeting cards from recycled materials for our service men and women. National Aquarium staff and volunteers have been collecting used holiday cards for this very special arts-and-crafts activity. The recycled cards will be delivered to U.S. military, veterans, and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season, through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

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Join us for our World Holiday Traditions celebration this Friday evening to make a holiday greeting card from recycled materials for our service men and women. For those of you who can’t join us this Friday, here are some other great ideas for up-cycling your used greeting cards that we found online:

Thoughtful Thursdays: Show your appreciation for our planet this Thanksgiving

Enjoy, Respect, ProtectGoing “green” isn’t about changing your entire lifestyle all at once. A sustainable lifestyle is achieved by making a series of Thoughtful Choices. Each week, on Thursdays, we will share a simple tip for how we can all help keep our planet healthy.

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We’re serving local produce, grass-fed beef, shade-grown coffee, and all-natural, hormone-free chicken in our Harbor Market Kitchen Cafe.

Your Choice
Show your appreciation for our planet this Thanksgiving by using local, sustainably-farmed ingredients for your holiday feast.

Buying local produce and meats not only ensures the freshest ingredients, but also supports your local economy. Check for farmers’ markets, family farms, community-supported agriculture programs and U-Pick options in your area for the freshest produce, eggs, dairy and grass-fed meat.

And, don’t forget to bring your own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store or farmers market!

After your meal, instead of succumbing to the infamous Tryptophan-induced coma, try heading outside for some fresh air and exercise. Taking a hike is a great way to spend time with your family and to work off that second helping of sweet potato casserole.

If you are hitting the highways to visit family and friends this weekend, maintain the speed limit. Reducing your speed is not only safer, but also improves fuel economy, which saves you money and reduces green house gas emissions. If every family in the United States uses one less gallon of gas per week, greenhouse gases will be reduced by 1 million tons. Also, be sure to also turn down the thermostat and turn off the lights to save energy while you’re away from your home.

We wish you a happy and eco-conscious Thanksgiving!

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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