7 tips for a greener Christmas
- Carpooling and using local mass transit (i.e. bus, subway, light rail) is a great way to reduce emissions and bond with family and friends by shopping together.
- Utilize reusable shopping bags inside the malls. Major retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Macy's all offer reusable shopping bags. If a store does not offer these bags, ask the store associate to use as few bags as possible.
- Recycle or save wrapping paper, paper and plastic bags, bows, ribbons, boxes and so forth. Some supermarkets and retail stores offer designated receptacles for these items. This is a great way to reduce solid trash and save money on gift-wrapping!
- Despite some setbacks, online shopping is a great way to reduce emissions and the stress of mall crowding. If possible, recycle the cardboard boxes in which gifts arrive.
- Plan destinations ahead of time and always include time for delays and alternate routes. This is another great stress and fuel saver.
- Organic and recycled materials (i.e. recycled scarves, shirts, etc.) are great stocking suffers and landfill reducers.
Purchasing environmentally friendly tree trimmings such as LED-Christmas lights and recycled bows is a great way to conserve energy and divert energy bill money to Christmas money!
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