Make every day Earth Day, even Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. These tips are good for the environment and your wallet.
1. Put less packaging on your gifts. Re-use wrapping paper, the comics, or magazines. Re-use cardboard boxes and packing peanuts.
2. Send e-cards or tree free cards using recycled paper or hemp.
3. Regifting is not a crime. Pass along hand-me-downs and heirlooms. Include the story of the item if giving an heirloom.
4. Use Do it Yourself Decor. Make the house festive with popcorn, berries, greens form the yard and dried flowers.
5. Recycle your Christmas tree when you can no longer use it.
6. Give away untouched leftovers and unwanted gifts. Those less fortunate will appreciate it.
7. When having a party use use dishes, utensils, napkins and plates that aren't paper or plastic. Recycle bottles and cans and compost leftover food.
8. Use sustainable candles made of soy or beeswax. Paraffin candles may emit toxins.
9. Buy locally grown produce.
10. Give gifts from the heart--a home cooked meal, help with chores or babysitting. These will mean more than another thing from a store.
A little thought can help keep the green in the holidays and help us remember the true meaning of the season. Happy Holidays to All!