Green News: Reconsider green holiday wrapping

For everything you do, there’s a green choice that’s good for you AND the environment. Here, you’ll find information about how people, companies and organizations are embracing “GREEN TECHNOLOGY” and discovering environmentally responsible alternatives to older technology.

Did you know, only about 45 percent of all paper is recycled in the U.S.? And did you know that Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and Christmas than any other time of the year? (according to the Ideal Bite) There are some pretty great ways to avoid some of that trash…starting with gift packaging. Avoid the “how many feet on this roll discussion” and instead grab from your newspaper recycling bin. OK the comics are the best but you can use anything you want. And when they’ve opened the gifts, you can put it all right back in the recycling bin, or use some of it to start that holiday fire.

Invest in a ball of real string…and put those pinecones, last-dried perennials of the year, and whatever else you find in your yard to use decorating the package. Then, grab a brown paper bag from your stash and make the gift card. Not only will your package look great, but you’ll feel good about saving trees (and have a little extra cash in your pocket besides).

While you’re opening gifts, remember the boxes and cardboard backing can all head to recycling. Watch for the plastic recycling symbols on the bubble packs, but be sure to grab back all the instructions about how to play the games! You’ll feel great…and the children in your group will watch your every move. Remember, they want to grow up to be just like you. Have a beautiful (and environmentally friendly) holiday.

From the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2006, issue

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