Green Tip of the Month: Greening the Holiday Season

December 22nd, 2013 by

Did you know that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent and this extra trash – mostly food, shopping bags, product packaging and wrapping paper – adds up to an additional 1 million tons of waste a week that is sent to U.S. landfills.

christmas_recycle_iconSo what can we do to help reduce waste and make this holiday season a little greener. Our team here at LAcarGUY have put together a list that we hope you will find useful.

  • Not all gifts have to be store-bought. Read up on Tips for Sustainable Giving.
  • Source locally made gifts. Many gifts in today’s marketplace come from halfway around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming.
  • Choose gifts made from recycled resources. Here are some gift ideas made from recycled materials.
  • ‘Re-gifting’ is OK. There’s much discussion these days about the etiquette behind the trend to ‘re-gift’, that is, to pass on a gift you received but do not need. What’s to discuss? Re-gifting makes perfect sense. If you receive something you really don’t need, look for ways you can reuse this gift by passing it on to someone who can use it. Of course, re-gifting needs to be done with care so as not to offend the original giver, but keeping a gift you don’t need is wasteful.
  • Connect with nature – start a family nature hike tradition. A peaceful walk will be valued and remembered
  • Deck the halls with LED lights this year. Sparkly, energy-saving LEDs – super-efficient lights that use a lot less energy than incandescents – are abundant on store shelves this season
  • Skip paper and plastic products. This is the season where it’s easy to bring out your family china, silverware, and cloth napkins – even for breakfast. Try doing it, and you may never go back to using paper or plastic products to eat off of again.
  • Recycle your Christmas Tree. If you’re still inclined to get a cut tree, there are several recycling options available. Leftover trees can be used for mulch, erosion, habitat creation and more. Check out treecycling search to find a recycling option near you.

What are some of the steps you take to help reduce the environmental impact of the holidays? Share your tips…