Green Tip: Make Christmas Greenier

Everyone wants a white Christmas. But the holidays can also be a time to support being green! Here are a few ideas:

  • Recycle your wrapping paper or give gifts in bags, boxes, and tins that can be reused for many years.
  • Try saving your wrapping paper, ribbons and bows to use again and avoid gifts that are over-packaged. Did you know that if every family reused just 2 feet of holiday ribbon enough, the 61,000 km of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet?
  • Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift. Cheaper, less durable items often wear out quickly, creating waste and costing you money.
  • Send recycled-content greeting cards to reduce the amount of virgin paper used during the holidays. Remember to recycle any paper cards you receive. You also can try sending electronic greeting cards to reduce paper waste.
  • Purchase rechargeable batteries for all your electronic gifts instead of regular alkaline.
  • Consider giving gifts that require little to no wrapping, such as gift certificates, concert tickets, memberships, etc.
  • Browse gifts online instead of receiving catalogs in the mail.
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