A green holiday

After months of waiting, the holiday season is officially upon us – time to break out the Christmas socks and holiday cheer. I think Christmas time is the most wonderful time of the year, I love seeing all the lights and having all the fun gatherings.

On the uglier side of things, consumer purchases and waste skyrocket during this time. The hottest new toy or next internet trend is all everyone talks about. The number of fossil fuels that are sent into the air from all of those online orders and UPS drivers are insane. I want to share with you all some tips on how to have a truly “green” holiday with your loved ones.

Let’s start with the big one: gifts. This one can be tricky, really think about if this item you want to buy for a friend or family member will actually use it. Do some research or even ask. Basically, have a conversation with someone about they want and how you can add value to their life.

Next will be wrapping them. Did you know that most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable? After tearing through all of it, it’s probably not reusable either. Try opting for fabric, paper bags you have lying around or newspaper.

Lastly, the parties. All the cute decorations and party favors are great and all, but what happens to them after? They probably get thrown away, so start small! Try bringing your own cup or plate.

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