How You Can Go GREEN This Christmas!

Real Estate Agent with LONG & FOSTER

How You Can Go GREEN This Christmas!


When you decorate this holiday season, consider going au naturel - without lights!  You can make or buy wreaths and garlands of natural materials that can be composted or will naturally decompose.  Natural greenery can be found at local farm stands throughout your town.

Christmas Tree

Yes, an artificial tree can be used for years, but it will eventually end up in a landfill somewhere.  A cut, live tree from a tree farm is better because tree farmers are continually replacing harvested trees.  And, because live trees can be recycled after Christmas.  Williamsburg-James City County Recycling allows residents to drop off live trees until February 29, 2009.  The trees are then mulched or composted by the Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority.

Christmas Lights
But, if you must have Christmas lights, consider exchanging your incandescent tree bulbs for LED (Light Emitting Diode) ones.  They cost a little more, but LED lights use more than 98 percent LESS energy and can last up to 10 years and stay cooler.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 25 percent more trash than usual is generated between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Buy gifts without a lot of packaging or that require minimal wrapping.  RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE!  Use your own reusable shopping bags for your purchases when you shop.  Place gift boxes and wrapping paper tubes in recycling containers for weekly pickup.                   Recycle

You will find that it's the little things that mean so much and make a big difference!


Courtesy of Yvette Smith, SRES® REALTOR®
Long and Foster, REALTORS®
6610-J  Mooretown Road
Williamsburg, VA  23188

Comments (9)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Yvette, we use the LED lights but need to cut down on the wrapping and think of your natural ideas with things like the wreath. Thanks for the "green" tips.

Dec 03, 2008 08:11 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Good tips for going green at Christmas Yvette. I am a fan of the real fake trees for me:)

Dec 03, 2008 08:25 AM
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Great tips Yvette. I just saw this post on Twitter!! See, it works, twitter is another way to get your information, posts, links out there. Good job.

Dec 03, 2008 08:33 AM
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

GARY - You can use GIFT BAGS instead of wrapping paper & it doesn't take a lot of time to do!

BILL - That's great to hear.  I love the smell, however, I've got allergies (& so do the boys) so it's a fake one for us :o(

TERRIE - My post is on Twitter?  Oh yea, I am Twittered!!!  I forgot about that:o)



Dec 03, 2008 08:37 AM
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Yvette, You said it girl!  I plan on buying all new LED lights after X-mas and starting "fresh" next year.  I love real trees so much more anyway.  Can't beat the smell of a real tree. Guess I'll start that tradition again as well!  I'm off to hunt you down on Twitter!  I'm @ElizabethGolden if I can't find you:)

Dec 03, 2008 10:34 AM
Marlene Pellegrini
Norwich, CT

Yvette,  Your post is on Twitter?!?!  I will look you up and follow you.  These really are fantastic tips.  I like the real vs fake tree tip.  I never though about it but you are right... the fake one will end up in the landfill eventually.

Dec 03, 2008 11:17 AM
Kevin O'Shea
Coldwell Banker - White Plains, NY
White Plains, NY Real Estate

Hi Yvette, great tips.  It is so important to "Treat the world well"/

All the best!

Dec 06, 2008 06:39 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Great information, Yvette!  Thanks for sharing it.

Dec 06, 2008 07:24 AM
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

ELIZABETH - I found you!!

MARLENE - I sent you a tweet, I think!  I have a hard time finding people on Twitter. 

KEVIN - AMEN!!  For the kid's (and their kids)  sake:o)

CHRIS - Your welcome!!

Dec 06, 2008 09:48 AM