Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ten Tips for Going Green for the Holiday Ideas

According to CDC,gov Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. I am not trying to be a Scrooge but think about it.  We could all do a little better.  Here are 10 suggestions they posted I thought were doable.

Check the list, check it twice, some really good ideas.

1. Use creative materials for gift wrap:
  • Scarves, fabric, handkerchiefs
  • Old maps, sheet music, advertisements
  • Reusable tins, baking pans, or other home or garden items
2. Reuse the fronts of old cards as holiday postcards or gift tags.

3. Plug your decorative indoor and outdoor lights into a timer to save electricity.

4.  Give in ways that also support your community: tickets to local theater performances, concerts, sports events, local attractions; museum memberships; gift certificates for a massage at a local spa, horseback riding, or a rock climbing lesson.

5. Dispose of your tree at a chipping facility or return it to the environment in other eco-friendly ways.

6. Take your own bags on shopping trips. Keep them in the car so they're always available.

7. Serve food with washable utensils, plates, and glasses, rather than disposable items.

8. Send email cards or make your own.

9.  Consider carpooling to holiday events.

10. Donate excess food to food banks.

The above ideas were found at the CDC website, it reference s and credits Vanderbilt U, you can see the full list at the Vanderbilt website.

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