Friday, November 26, 2010

Create a Waste Free Christmas

Between Thanksgiving and New Years Day American household waste increases by more than 25%.-when you add food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons - it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons of waste per week sent to our landfills. (Source: EPA)

Every year in the U.S. alone the annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals over 4 million tons. (Source: Use Less Stuff)

Are those statistics enough to make you consider a green, waste free Christmas?

Decorate Green

The first thing you'll want to do to create a waste free Christmas is decorate green with recyclable, reusable items. Skip the stuff that's just going to be tossed in the trash and use heirloom ornaments and decorations that can be used year after year. If you do invest in new items make sure you buy quality products that will last for years to come.

There's an ongoing debate about Christmas trees. An artificial tree can keep real trees from being cut down but artificial trees are not usually made of earth-friendly materials, but once you buy one it lasts for years- a good one that is taken care of can last decades. I know, I use my mom's artificial tree that she purchased thirty years ago.

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1 comment:

Lisa Sharp said...

I try to cut our waste down as much as I can. I'm loving cloth bags for wrapping! Easier and no waste.

Also I'm having a Green Holiday Blog Carnival this weekend that you may want to submit this to.