Go Green this Holiday Season
With the holiday season right around the corner, we’re gearing up for a few months of celebration. But along with the decorating and gift giving comes a substantial increase in waste and energy use. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%, adding up to an additional 1 million tons in landfills per week. And in the U.S., annual trash from shopping bags and gift-wrap totals 4 million tons.
This year, give the environment a gift by taking a green approach to the holiday season. Here are a few ways you can pitch in:
- Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper. Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate products.
- Switch to LED Christmas lights. They save energy and money, costing about 5% as much to run as traditional incandescent lights.
- Buy rechargeable batteries for electronic gifts. About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Rechargeable batteries reduce harmful waste and save money in the long run.
- Reuse the tree. Each year, 30 million Christmas trees go in landfills. Many tree farms are now offering live, potted trees that can be replanted after the holidays.
Follow us on Facebook for more holiday tips.