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.

When gift giving:

  • Replace plastic bows with reusable cloth ribbons, and save gift wrap and ribbons to decorate next year’s gifts.
  • Wrap gifts from colorful pages of torn magazine, the Sunday comics, or last year’s calendar or old maps and posters.
  • Instead of buying wrapping paper, use decorative tins, baskets, or fabric bags. Their reuse will double the gift!
  • Send internet greeting cards or send traditional cards made from recycled paper.
  • Give holiday gifts of “time” to your family and friends. Nothing is more valuable!
  • OR give the gift of an aquarium visit or behind-the-scenes tour.
  • Check out consignment stores for gently used (recycled) gift items.
  • Use rechargeable batteries for toys/games.

When eating:

  • Be healthy and enjoy a delicious cup of organic hot cocoa this holiday season. Cocoa contains twice as many antioxidants as red wine!
  • Keep it local. Try to incorporate locally raised food into holiday menus.
  • When entertaining be sure to recycle afterwards and cut down on the use paper products.

Everyone can be doing something to help conserve this holiday season. If you have any of your own suggestions, please share them with us!


4 Responses to “Think green this holiday season”

  1. 1 casey December 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Those tips are awesome! but i think the red wine part will make my parents want to change from green to red.

  2. 2 baker's December 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    we are a very artistic family in many ways and these “green” ways of celebrating christmas are very artsy & unique and will make gifts feel even more personal than commercial papers etc… fantastic ideas! thanks ever so much!

  3. 3 Joel February 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you!

    Here’s a Green Tip for all,

    “When possible” Avoid idling vehicles for more than one minute.

    Instead of letting your car idle, turn off the ignition.
    It uses less gas and emits less CO2 to stop and restart your car than to let it run!
    In fact, idling uses twice as much gas as driving!

    I have more Green Tips about how to Plug Into Green Profits blog. It pretty much covers Green Technology related stuff.

    I have a video here >> Come and check it out if you get time 🙂

    To Be Only Green!

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