Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Green your Holidays

How to Green Your Holiday 2014
The holidays are a great time to green your world. Follow a few of these tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint this winter season!
·         Wrapping: Wrap your presents in brown or recycled paper, recycled foil, or newspaper.
·         Batteries: Batteries contain toxic chemicals, do not biodegrade and are difficult to recycle. As an alternative, use rechargeable batteries.
·         Clothes: Over 80,000 tonnes of old clothes will be thrown away this holiday. If you do get a new wardrobe, make sure you donate your old clothes to a local charity.
·         Candles: Candles made from soy, beeswax or natural vegetable-based waxes are more eco-friendly since they burn cleaner and are non-toxic. If fact, beeswax candles produce negative ions, improving indoor air quality!
·         Gifts: Could you buy an “experience” instead? Try cinema tickets, club memberships, or gift tokens. You can sponsor an animal or even adopt a rainforest to protect.
·         Cards: Send an e-card instead! You can also purchase recycled or charity cards or cut up and use last year’s.
·         Christmas Lights: Make sure your Christmas lights are on timers to reduce energy use during unnecessary hours. You can even invest in LED Christmas lights to get a longer lifespan out of your annual decorations.

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