White or Green Christmas?

Dec 10, 2013 11:15 AM ET
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Are you someone who cares deeply about the environment and wants to find a more eco-responsible way to celebrate the holidays? Here are a few small tips that can make a big difference!

Give Smart

Buy gifts made locally and, if possible, made with recycled materials. Better: self made!

Use wrapping paper made from recycled pulp fibers – preferably not metallic-surface paper or anything with a high gloss;

Instead of wrapping every little item, try putting gifts into a re-usable basket or bag, using ribbons and bows to decorate;

Reduce the amount of tape you use by getting good at wrapping with ribbons, or practice Furoshiki;

Re-use whatever’s on hand as creative wrapping paper; last year’s calendars, posters, cards, newspapers… even last year’s gift wrap!

Make your own greeting cards from recycled paper or photographs, it’s much more personal;

Instead of a package, offer your time as a gift! 

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