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Green for the Holidays

Celebrate the season of giving and do your bit to help out Mother Earth at the same time!




Ten Tips for an Earth-friendly Holiday

1. Make Memories

Give experiences instead of stuff. Try tickets to a show, a ball game, or a scenic train ride instead of dust-collecting knickknacks. Tailor the gift to the recipient: club or museum memberships, craft or hobby lessons, IOU for a home-cooked meal, an afternoon of gardening help, free babysitting, and so on.

2. Save Your Energy

Shopping downtown? Take public transportation. (Look Ma! No parking fees!) And bring your own shopping bags while you're at it.

3. Right Light

Using LED Christmas lights instead of power-sucking regular lights will dramatically slash your energy bill.  Put all of your lights on a timer so they shine out only when it's dark.

4. Go Natural

String together plain popcorn and fresh cranberries into long, colorful swags to hang on the tree, along the mantelpiece, or in the windows. (This is a great activity for the kids!) After the holidays you can hang the strings outside for the birds to enjoy.

5. Go Local

Seek out regionally produced, one-of-a-kind gifts. Good sources include church fairs, craft shows, local boutiques, and flea markets.

6. Re-gift

Here's your official permission to pass along that present you can't use but maybe Uncle Charlie can.

7. Reuse

Turn old holiday cards into gift tags and colorful paper chains.

8. Recycle

Why spend money on commercial gift wrap?  Calendar pages, your kid's school paintings, the comics section of the newspaper--these make clever wrapping paper alternatives.  Embellish with paper or cloth ribbon, or colored twine instead of plastic ribbon.

9. Reduce

Instead of adding bulk to the landfill, choose gifts that come with a minimum of product packaging, and try to find packaging that's recyclable.

10. Simplify

Stop the madness and remember what the holidays are really about. Family. Friends. The simple pleasures of a shared meal.


    Trading Tips

    Get more green ideas for the holidays from other Allrecipes Community Members:

    • We skip the lights on our tree--it saves energy, is less of a fire hazard, and looks nice--more natural. You only get the "lit tree" effect from outside anyway--let your neighbors get their own!!
      --Dand98109


    Do you have ideas for going green for the holidays? Use the comment box below and share your wisdom with the crowd.





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