Environmental Tip

Photo outside the library featuring the library sign and a natural planting

Here are eight tips to enjoy holiday traditions — with an environmentally-friendly twist.  (From earthday.org)

  1. Put less packaging on your gifts. Reuse wrapping paper; use old newspaper, magazines or whatever you have lying around. Reuse cardboard boxes and packing peanuts. Buy recycled or tree-free cards made from materials like hemp or send e-cards! Don’t forget to shop at green companies.
  2. “Regifting” is not a crime! Pass along hand-me-downs and heirlooms. These are also called “story gifts” because they have a story behind them.
  3. Recycle your Christmas tree when you can no longer use it. Put it outside to provide shelter for local wildlife or compost it!
  4. Use reusable utensils, plates, napkins and table cloths for your meals. Compost leftover food.
  5. Volunteer your time to communities and organizations that are most in need. Donate unwanted gifts.
  6. Give gifts from the heart instead of the store! Offer to help with chores or other tasks. These can be more valuable than consumer products.
  7. Use plant-based ingredients for your holiday meals. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also taste good too! Check out some recipes for inspiration.
  8. Create DIY décor — make the room festive with berries, popcorn and outdoor greens.

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