Green tip of the week #3 – ’tis the season

NaBloPoMo – Day 24

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Because we have officially entered into the holiday season, a season traditionally filled with a lot of waste, I’m going to list more than one green tip today.

  • Every year, there are 2.65 billion holiday cards sold in the U.S. That’s enough to fill a football stadium field 10 stories high! Please look for cards that contain recycled content or are actually recycled materials. You can make your own cards out of scrap paper found around the house. You could use old cards as name tags for presents or for colorful artwork to decorate your house. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • If you send holiday cards, look for ones made of recycled paper. Avoid cards with glossy, shiny or gold foil coatings since these cannot be recycled. Save the cards that you get in the mail, cut off the front pictures, and reuse as “postcards” next year. This saves on postage too. Or, send ”electronic cards” or make a phone call instead! Crunchy tip from Amy: Or, send a picture of the kids or a family picture instead of a card. Friends and family are often very happy to get new pictures of the kids, and these won’t be thrown into the trash.
  • If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
  • If you go out shopping, bring your own tote bags and avoid coming home with an armload of plastic bags holding just one item.

Tips found at Green holiday tips and recycling

Have any green tips you’ve recently learned? Please email them to me and I may include your tip with a link to your site or blog in a future post. :)


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  7. What bothers me the most is all the packaging waste. If manufacturers would package items more thoughtfully, our landfills would be much emptier.

  8. Thanks so much! You are a wealth of information! I followed a link in your post and was able to find a place near me to recycle my tree this year!

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