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Do’s and Don’ts to Stay Green This Holiday Season

On average, Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and Christmas – that adds up to about 25 million tons of garbage! With that in mind, here are a few tips on being eco-friendly this holiday season:

  • *DO: Cook smaller portions and give leftovers to guests/save for future meals.
  • *DON’T: Throw uneaten food away.
  • *DO: Give “anti-matter” gifts – things like event tickets, a trip to a state park, donations to charity, etc.
  • *DON’T: Use paper or plastic dishes and cutlery – use dishes that can be washed and re-used.
  • *DO: Donate old clothes, books, toys, etc.
  • *DON’T: Use wrapping paper. Try environmentally friendly alternatives like newspaper, which is recyclable, or put gifts in reusable containers, like baskets or tins.
  • *DO: Plan carefully when sending holiday cards to reduce paper waste.
  • *DON’T: Buy in bulk, as these items often have excessive and unnecessary packaging.
  • *DO: Choose energy-efficient LED lights for your outdoor decorations – these typically use 1/50th the electricity of conventional lights and can last as long as 30 years.
  • *DON’T: Throw away old electronics. If you’re gifted a new phone, computer, TV, etc., bring it to your local electronic recycling drop-off. Many cities/counties host drop-off events throughout the year.
  • *DO: Rinse your recyclables. Cartons, jars, etc. should be rinsed out before you place them in your recycling bin.
  • *DON’T: Throw away cardboard boxes. These can be recycled or saved for the next time you have to send a package.