12 Ways to Have a Green Holiday!

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Though the season can get hectic, there are lots of easy ways to cut down on a typically very resource-intense time of year.  Here are some of my own favorites – which not only help me feel conscientious, but can also make the season more fun! I hope you enjoy, and Happy Holidays!  -- Erika


1. Unwrap gifts carefully and salvage any wrapping paper and bows to use for next year.  Fold carefully and store – it’s a fun surprise every year to find “new” wrapping paper in your supplies that originally came from someone else’s house!  For recycled gift wrap, check out The Gift Wrap Co. and Green Field Paper Co. 

2. My mother always saves the holiday cards she receives, cuts off the front pictures and uses them as gift tags the next year.  She uses some of these tags on family gifts over and over for years on end!  They can even look much fancier than store-bought gifts tags. 


3. Send beautiful, animated holiday E-cards (try Paperless Post, Jacquie Lawson, or the Nature Conservancy!) – or if this feels too impersonal, look for cards that are made of recycled paper and can be re-recycled (meaning not too many baubles and crazy decorations attached).  Check out Pear Tree and Green Field Paper Co., among many others - even Amazon has a selection!

Check out the next set of tips!