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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.

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