A Season for Giving, Not for Discarding
As the holiday season kicks into full gear, here are some tips for staying “green”:
· Give a Gift Card. They're appreciated, they never expire and they require no extra gift-wrapping.
· Check Your Tire Pressure. Before your trip, make sure tires are properly inflated to increase fuel economy. A reduction of one gallon of gasoline used by every U.S. household this holiday season would reduce greenhouse gas emission by 1 million tons.
· Recycle That Tree. Remember to recycle trees locally or turn them into mulch for water conservation and weed control in the garden. Also, consider an artificial tree or a “living” tree that can be replanted in the yard.
· Save On Gift Wrap. Save and reuse gift-wrapping paper from previous years, or get creative and make some from butcher paper, reused brown paper bags, newspapers, and fabric.
· Get OFF the List. Overwhelmed with holiday catalogs received in the mail? Request to have your name/address removed from mailing lists by contacting the Direct Marketing Association. A token $1 fee removes your name/address for up to three years.
· Buy Reusable Batteries. Consider purchasing rechargeable batteries instead of regular ones; they can be used again and again. And don’t forget: Batteries contain toxic materials and should not be thrown into the trash.
· Recycle Packing Peanuts. Check with local postal shipping stores to see if the will accept foam peanuts for recycling.
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