Sustainable Holiday Choices

December 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

“Americans throw away about 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.”

Three presents wrapped in reused materials could save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.1

santa hold recycle bagThe holidays are spent with family and friends, but did you know they can also be a time to make a difference by going green? Be creative this holiday season by incorporating some of these sustainable ideas:

  • When decorating, use LED strings of lights; plug lights into a timer; and purchase artificial trees, wreaths and garland.
  • Use fewer resources:
    • Shop online
    • Bring reusable bags on shopping trips
    • Combine several trips in one or consider using mass transit or carpooling
    • Give gifts that are energy-efficient with rechargeable batteries, recyclable or made of natural products
    • Use creative materials for gift wrap, including scarves, fabric, hankerchiefs, old maps, sheet music, reusable tins or other home or garden items
    • Send email cards, reuse old cards or buy cards that are made from post-consumer content
    • Research sustainable food choices in your area and buy locally if possible
    • Give in ways that support your community- tickets to local theater performances, concerts, sports events, local spa, museum memberships
    • Give your time and skill- coupons for household chores, meals, gardening, cleaning
    • Donate to a charity or service organization in the name of a friend or relative that supports that cause

If you haven’t already, be sure to opt into the Starmark® Document Center (via the Starmark website) to go paperless and conveniently get all your important documents online.

1Go Green for the Holidays.  http://www.cdc.gov/features/greenholidays/ November 21, 2016.

 

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