Have a Waste-free Holiday

Christmas season is nigh! I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that this has got to be the best break of the year. With family, friends, fireplaces, food, and fun, who could disagree? And to top that off, then comes the New Years Eve Celebrations. All the festivities this time of year make for a pretty great season. However, with indulgent revelry often comes huge waste. Anyone who’s seen Times Square on the 1st of January knows what I’m talking about. So, why not embody the spirit of the red and green color scheme of this season and spread the love and cheer whilst going green? Keeping sustainability in mind over the holiday won’t keep you from celebrating your tail off, I promise.

Here’s a link to a list of simple tips that can reduce the waste your household generates this season:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tracy-hepler/waste-free-holidays-can-s_b_377573.html

Taking simple steps like displaying a clearly-labelled recycling bin, carpooling to events, and taking leftover food to a homeless shelter instead of throwing it away are easy to incorporate into your holiday traditions and won’t detract from the sanctity of your festivities.

What’s more, for the creative types, there is a myriad of ways to get crafty and inventive sustainably. Recycled or homemade decorations, cards made of recycled paper, and out-of-the-box gift-giving are ways to give your unique touch to traditional seasonal practices. This site is full of inspirational ideas:

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ecoconsumer/green-holidays.asp

Remember, when Santa makes his list and checks it twice, he’s going to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice… to the planet! Happy Holidays!

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