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Healthy Holidays: Think Green

  • December 16th, 2011

Are you dreaming of a Green Christmas? Consider eco-friendly and socially responsible gifts, and present them in reusable gift bags or some type of recycled gift wrap (i.e. fabric, recycled paper). A donation to your friend’s favorite charity is also a nice option. You also may consider drawing names and organizing a secret gift exchange with your family or group of friends so that you’re not buying presents for everyone. This saves time, money, resources and sanity. As far as Holiday cards go, why not send recycled cards or even e-cards which save on stamps and paper?

If you’re throwing a Holiday party, consider entertaining with real plates, silverware and napkins. If you ‘re having a larger party, use eco-friendly disposables. Finally, decorate with natural materials such as winter greens, berries, pine cones and forced bulbs. It’s always nice to cut a tree from a local tree farm, but be sure to check with your municipality to see where it can be recycled into mulch or habitat for local fauna. If you are on the fence between purchasing an artificial tree or harvesting one from a tree farm, check out this video from the Nature Conservancy which talks about the top reasons to buy a real tree. It’s great for your family, the environment and the local agricultural economy.  If you need to purchase new indoor/outdoor lights, consider LED’s which are 90 percent more efficient than traditional lights.

Please comment with your Green Holiday Tips here!

 

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