Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we believe that the holiday season is all about taking less and giving more. But what about using less? This week we would like to highlight the many ways you can choose “green” alternatives to eliminate waste during the chaotic season of gift giving and family time.
Use Recycled Paper and Avoid Shiny Metallic Wrapping Paper
Did you know that wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for approx. 4 million tons of trash in the U.S. annually? Wrapping paper that is shiny, metallic, or foil-based can be beautiful to look at, but it is difficult to recycle and holds little value. If you must wrap a holiday gift consider using recycled paper, newspaper, or reusing a gift bag from a prior holiday. According to a Stanford report, “ If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.”
Send Digital Holiday Cards
Whether you are sending holiday cards to your employees, friends, or family members, choosing to go digital can make a great difference in eliminating paper waste throughout the season. According to a Stanford report, “The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.”
Give Battery-Free Gifts
According to the EPA, approx. 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Discarded batteries that have not been recycled appropriately present an environmental hazard. Consider giving battery-free gifts this holiday season. Click here to learn more about how to recycle single use batteries.
Lessen the Impact of Holiday Lighting
Holiday lights are pleasant to look at and contribute to the charm of our city throughout the season. However, their energy consumption can be frowned upon. Consider using LED lights or mini-lights for your home or holiday tree decorations. Don’t forget to turn your indoor and outdoor holiday lights off before you go to bed to lessen your environmental impact and energy bill.
Tis’ the Season to Give! Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
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