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10 Holiday Tips to help lower your CO2 Output

Tip #1: Reuse Gift Bags, Gift Wrap and Tissue Paper. It is estimated that 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are generated during the holiday season. Instead of throwing them away, fold them nicely and store them for future use. If you need gift wrap try using old maps, coupons, the comics section of a newspaper, or use a scarf.

Tip #2: Energy Use.  Save with Holiday Lights. Plan on decorating your home for the holiday season? You can now use LED lights. They use up to 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights, and can help you save on your energy bill.

Tip #3: Donate/Recycle Older Electronics. The holidays are that time where many of us get new gadgets and electronics as gifts. But don’t just throw away your old electronics, donate them to a local charity or recycle at your local electronic store.

Tip #4: Use Plates, Glasses and Cutlery?  Hosting a holiday party? Avoid disposable dishes and use real plates, glasses and cutlery. After dinner have family and/or friends help you with clean up.  If you must have disposables, get products made of recycled plastic or are biodegradable.

Tip #5: Go Shopping Online. Online shopping is a greener way to go. Ordering your gifts online is more efficient since trucks can deliver goods efficiently and it takes a lot less energy to run a warehouse for boxes of goods than a mall.

Tip #6: Use your legs. Make a decision to go to shopping in areas you can walk or bike to, rather than the ones you have to drive to.  If you have to drive group several errands into one trip or carpool with friends.

Tip #7: Reduce Waste before it happens. Choose products made with minimal packaging or use recyclable packaging, you will end up with less waste than when you started!

Tip #8: Turn off the Lights. Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer.

Tip # 9: Check out Secondhand Store. Looking for a festive serving bowl? Look for them at secondhand/ thrift stores. During the holidays secondhand/ thrift shops are filled with gently-used holiday decorations.  This is recycling at its best!

Tip #10: Send your holiday greetings electronically. Sending electronic holiday cards* is a simple way to reduce your holiday footprint and now a days with social media it is easier to do.

*If only 10 percent of holiday cards were sent ­electronically we would save over 30,000 trees. If you prefer the more traditional route of sending cards through the mail, look for holiday cards printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink.

 

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