Have a ‘Green’ Christmas! December 4, 2014 Email Christmas is a time of giving! This year try giving back to the environment by reducing the impact of the holiday season. In fact, Americans produce about 1 million extra tons of trash around the holidays, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Having a ‘Green’ Christmas is not about going without; it’s about using your imagination to show extra care for the environment during the holiday season. Here are a couple of simple tips on having a ‘Green’ Christmas, this year: Homemade gifts, cards, and decorations! When it comes to cards, gift tags, and wrapping, there is a lot of waste involve. Making your own gifts at Christmas time is an excellent way of ensuring they’re eco-friendly and well within budget There are an infinite number of possibilities, with a bit of creativity and imagination Alternatives to wrapping paper! In the US, the annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals over 4 million tons. Use environmentally friendly wrapping paper Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper Reuse gift-wrap where possible Low impact of holiday lighting! A smaller presentation of lights can still be attractive and can lower your electricity bill during the holidays. Use LED lights to decorate the outside and lighting the Christmas tree Reduce the size of outdoor and indoor lighting displays Turn tree lights and outdoor house decorative lighting on at bedtime Choose a live tree! Although plastic Christmas trees are reusable from year to year, real trees are the more sustainable choice. When Christmas passes, the tree is 100% biodegradable and recyclable (Visit the City of Torrance website for more information on Christmas tree recycling in Torrance) Old trees can be turned into wood chips to use in compost and mulch to further nourish your soil Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.