I’m dreaming…of a GREEN Christmas!
Here are three Green tips for your holidays:
* In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.
Green it: Use gift bags, which can be saved by the recipient and used time and time again. Or, wrap your gifts in scarves, which can also be part of the gift.
* The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
Green it: Send all your online friends and family free ecards from JibJab.com, myfuncards.com, amerciangreetings.com or punchbowl.com, to name a few.
* Each year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. Of those, about 30 million go to the landfill.
Green it: Buy a living tree and replant it in your yard after Christmas, or in your local mountains or parks. Or, get a fake tree and use it year in and year out. If you miss the smell of a pine tree, get a big pine-scented candle and burn it to release the smell of pine into your home.
* If you have people on your list who “have everything” consider making a donation to their favorite charity in their name and do everyone involved a world of good!
Green it: Send the donations to animal shelters, National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), or your favorite environmental advocacy group!
The above statistics* were found at the Recycleworks website, however the suggestions on Greening it are all mine!!!