Monday, October 6, 2008

Go Green for the Holidays

Household waste increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. In the United States, trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.
-Fact taken from Real Simple Magazine, December 2007.

Some Ideas to cut down on the holiday waste:
*Use reusable bags or totes for all of your shopping. I like to store my bags in the car so I don't forget to take them with me.
*Wrap with less impact. Use wrapping paper or tissue made from post-consumer waste. Paper or fabric gift bags also look festive and can be used again and again.
*During gift giving, have a few bags set out for sorting ribbons and bows, gift bags, and wrapping paper. The ribbons, bows, and gift bags can be reused and the gift wrap recycled.
*Try giving a few gifts without gift wrap. Certain gifts will look perfect tied with a simple ribbon.

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