Green Tip: for the Holidays

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Wrapping Paper DIY-Style

Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable.  if it is shiny or waxing looking, it probably will be thrown into the trash and ends up in landfills. Instead, get creative! Wrap presents with old maps, thnewspapers edition, butcher paper, or children’s artwork. We use newspaper and draw on decorations.   Or use a scarf, attractive dish towel, or a pretty scrap of fabric.   According to the Sierra Club, If every family wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

 Recycle Your Tree

Ninety-eight percent of Christmas trees were grown on farms, not in forests, so at least it’s not as if you’re cutting down an ancient tree. Each year, 10 million Christmas trees end up in the landfill. While your tree won’t fit in the recycling bin with your newspapers and bottles, you can recycle your tree: many cities offer programs to turn your tree to mulch or wood chips. Call (800) CLEANUP or visit www.earth911.org to find the tree-recycling program near you.

                  – excerpt from Sierra Club online.