You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but really all of us should be striving for a green holiday! Let’s face it, with all the wrapping paper, cards, décor and packaging, we create a lot of waste while celebrating the season. So we here at INSURENEX have a few tips that can help you use the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – to not only help the environment but to save time, energy and money as well.
1. Reduce the amount of plastic and paper bags you use by brining your own – some places may give you a discount for doing so. Or, if you do accept store bags, reuse them from store to store and shopping trip to shopping trip. 2. Reduce the amount of gas you use by combining your gift-buying sprees with your regular errands. 3. Get Creative with Wrapping and Gifting. 4. Reduce the amount of toy, clothes and small appliances going into the landfill by donating what you no longer need rather than throwing it out. Consider women’s shelters, Goodwill or your local church, and make sure the items are in good shape and clean them first. 5. Recycle the decorations you no longer use by donating them to local schools to use in their drama programs or to churches rather than tossing them in the trash. 6. Recycle your live tree so that it gets turned into mulch rather than taking up space in a landfill. Check with your community or city on curbside pickup days or drop-off centers. 7. Reduce the amount of trees that get cut down every holiday season by investing in an artificial tree. It saves on water, you can use it for years to come, and there are no needles to clean up.
The Christmas season is about showing our love – not just to family and friends but to nature as well. Here’s to a wonderful and green holiday season from those of us at INSURENEX!