A “Green” Christmas

I have some earth friendly holiday ideas for you today and some money saving tips. Here are so of the “green” tips I have:

Plan your shopping so you only have to go out once and you won’t have to back track, WASTING all of that gas.

Take reusable tote bags, available at most store (just ask about green bags or reusable bags) to the store and decline their plastic shopping bags.

Cut back on you Christmas card list. Send recycled cards or make your own if emailing Christmas cards seem too impersonal.

Wrapping your gifts in recycled gift wrap or comics are fun and earth friendly, while saving you money. Try wrapping some gifts in newspaper, comics, maps, magazine pages, or put them in last years gift bags 😉 = money savings

Make the wrapping part of the gift. If you are giving a purse or bag, or you can buy a reusable green bag from the grocery store, placing all the contents in the bag, utilizing it as a gift bag. Then you would have saved money on gift wrap and they can enjoy their gifts, using the tote that very same day.

If you buy a gift at the Home Depot for someone, pick up their new reusable orange bag with locking handle for 1.99, or Walmart’s $1 bag (black bag that says “Paper or Plastic? Neither”) and tuck the gift inside. 2 for 1 gift 🙂

Don’t waste paper wrapping up big, bulky items like a bicycle or sleeping bag. Put a bow and tag on it, or they have big plastic decorative bags for large items, and say it’s done!

Recycle what you replace. If you receive a new cell phone or computer for Christmas, pass the old one on to someone who you know could use it. Some retailers, like the big-box office supply stores, participate in cell phone recycling programs, so you can drop your old one off there.

Recycle packaging. I’ll bet you never thought of doing this! Drop off extra packing peanuts at mailing centers. Call the Plastic Loosefill Council’s Peanut Hotline toll-free at (800) 828-2214 for the names of local businesses that reuse them.

Reuse the colorful shredded paper that comes as padding in packages when you wrap your own gifts. Got a shredder? Turn used gift wrap or other colorful paper into your own shreds to use as filler in gift bags and boxes.

Lastly, do you have Christmas decor you longer use? If they are in good condition, pass them on to a charity, shelter, your kids school, or a senior center. Do the same with those old unused Christmas cards or the free cards you get in the mail. After the holidays you can give the cards you received to a group that will use them for craft projects.

I hope this helps everyone recycle and save money a bit more. Some of the tips could save you money this holiday season, and more savings are around every corner, when I find more I will let you know! Have a green holiday season 🙂

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