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Go Green This Holiday Season

Go Green This Holiday SeasonDo piles of crumpled-up wrapping paper and wasted shopping bags make you cringe? You’re not alone. With the holidays around the corner, everyone is shopping, wrapping gifts, writing cards, decorating, and traveling.

Unfortunately, the holiday season also brings a lot of waste. According to RecycleWorks, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, and bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.

The good news is that you can participate in the holiday festivities while still managing to stay green.

Take Action

Below are a few easy tips to go green this holiday season:

1. Alternative wrapping

It’s unlikely your present won’t be accepted because it’s not perfectly wrapped, so look for other alternatives. Newspaper is always an easy option, or you could even use old maps, sheet music, or even scarves if you want to get crafty.

2. Traveling tips

Maybe you’re just headed to the mall for some last-minute shopping or perhaps you’re traveling to a different state to visit your family. Either way, reducing your travel by 20 miles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tons!

3. LED lights 

LED lights can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent holiday lights while using 80 percent less energy! Find them at your local hardware store and recycle your old lights.

4. Holiday cards

Purchase holiday cards that can easily be recycled by choosing cards without foil or ribbon. You can even give the trees a break this holiday season and use e-cards instead!

5. Shopping tips

Reduce the number of bags thrown out by bringing reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Tell the store clerk that you don’t need a bag for small or oversized purchases.

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