Every year, Americans send out 7 billion greeting cards, use more than 38,000 miles of ribbon and throw away over $300 million in wrapping paper during holiday celebrations.

Of course, no one wants to be Scrooge, or be forced to give up their favorite family traditions, in order to go green. But there are plenty of ways to celebrate with style without wreaking havoc on the planet.  

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, or Festivus, here's how to celebrate green:

  • Decorate with eco-savvy bling such as low-energy lights or a reusable menorah or kinara.
  • Skip the paper cards and send e-cards to friends and family.
  • Use old maps or the Sunday comics to wrap gifts or use gift bags and decorative boxes that can be reused from year to year.
  • Compost your Christmas tree or Kwanza mazao and vibunzi.
  • Save bows, ribbons, holiday cards, and other decorations to reuse next year.

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