Thanksgiving is this week. A time for us to stop and think about all we are grateful for. This holiday is my favorite holiday as I always have so much to be grateful for. It is also a sad time of the year “the holiday season” where so much waste occurs. In the time of Thanksgiving, lets take a look at this amazing planet we have to support us, feed us and give us beauty. I find this planet amazing, and I’m always in AWE of it.
So when you sit down to have your meal and go around the table to say what your are grateful for in your lives, family, friends, health , job and home, let’s add this amazingly beautiful planet. Let’s treat it as our home and nurture it, protect it as it is precious. Generations to come deserve to have this amazing planet preserved so they can enjoy it also.
Each year around the holidays 5 million extra tons of waste are produced than any other time of the year! That’s 25% more trash that goes into the landfills.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot fathom 5 million tons of trash! That’s just during the holiday season. Every time you re-use wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon and bows you save lots of trash from going into the landfill. It is imperative to recycle during the holiday season!
Here are some pre-holiday tips for the up and coming Black Friday shopping frenzy. Planning ahead can reduce waste.
- Have oil changed and check air filters: traffic is heavy and people sit in traffic a long time in between stores this saves on emissions and saves gas.
- Avoid heavy traffic roads and plan on back streets to avoid sitting in traffic
- Clean out your trunk prior to shopping
- Take shopping bags and fold them for easy carrying.
- Use lightweight easily compact shopping bags
- Refuse plastic bags
- Combine products into other bags
- Buy wood toys and other non – plastic gifts
- Buy gifts that you know will be used for long time
- Avoid throw away gifts
- Send e-cards or have children make cards for gifts
- Use last years wrapping paper, bows, and ribbon
- Buy Green, Eco friendly gift bags, ribbon or bows
- Use fabric gift bags
- Carpool to the shopping malls
- Buy family gifts instead of individual gifts
- Buy gifts that have replacement parts or warranties
- Buy Energy star products that save energy
- Buy products made from recycled content or can be recycled
- Avoid shopping at large franchise stores and shop local businesses
- Buy quality made over quantity
- Donate to a charity for a gift
- Buy Handmade items from local artists / craftsmen
- Buy Non-toxic , Organic and chemical free products
- Be aware when shopping the carbon footprint and where the item will go after it’s been used. Can it be re-used.
Every step we take towards cutting down on trash during the holiday season helps cut down the 5 million tons of trash produced each year from Thanksgiving to New Years. Have a safe and enjoyable Green Holiday season! Be Green! Take a look at our online Eco store for many Eco Friendly products! www.mypumpkindoodle.com