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Eco-Conscious Christmas

There are many ways we can make a difference for our environment, especially at festive holiday times when so much extra is being prepared.

Consider adopting some of the practices below to reduce waste in landfills and keep your holiday costs to a minimum.

Cards
Consider switching to emailed holiday cards to reduce your landfill waste.  If you would like to send printed paper cards consider a card which is made from 100% recycled paper.  If you must give your card to the person physically, consider making the card with previously used or recyclable paper.

Trees
Fake trees are reusable and are an ideal solution.  Organic holiday trees are nice, but tough to come by.  If you decide to buy a real tree, be sure to bring it to a local recycling center, where it will be used to make more products.  Potted trees can be planted outside after the holidays.  All of these are suitable replacements to buying a tree and tossing it out.

Lights
Switching to LEDs is 90% more effective than the normal lighting.   LEDs lower the risk of fire and if one bulb goes out, the rest of the string still works.  They also last longer.

Decorating
Use what’s reusable; make a commitment to go green by decorating with an eco-friendly touch.  Making holiday decorations at home is another way to get the whole family involved in a creative project.

Gift Wrapping
Gift wrapping can be fun if creativity is used.  Make the wrapping part of the gift, something that can be used for another purpose afterwards.  For example a scarf, reusable bag or even a tablecloth can all be used after they were used to wrap gifts.

Gifts
It is the time of year when giving is most important.  Making a gift (if you can) is more heart felt than going to the store and buying something off a shelf.  Or if know someone that cherishes or really likes something of yours, you may consider giving the object as the gift.

Eco-friendly Christmas

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