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HOW TO GREEN YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY

Turn down the heat before guests arrive. Take advantage of the added heat a room full of people brings. You'll save a little energy and everyone will be more comfortable in the long run.

 

   

 

  • Send electronic invites. Email party invitations to your guests and save money on paper invitations and postage while eliminating waste.
  • Don't use disposables. Resist the urge to use paper plates and plastic silverware that ends up in landfills. If you don't have enough to go around, have your guests bring their own. Make it part of the party theme; many times guests bring a dish to pass, at your party they'll bring the dishes. Have a prize for the person with the most creative holiday ware!
  • Buy recycled. If you must purchase paper invitations or disposable tableware, be sure to buy products made with recycled materials; the higher the recycled content the better.
  • Use green d├ęcor. Use decorations lighted with LED lights and made from recycled materials. Show off your holiday display by turning off other lights in the room. It adds to the ambiance while saving energy.
  • Turn down the heat before guests arrive. Take advantage of the added heat a room full of people brings. You'll save a little energy and everyone will be more comfortable in the long run.
  • Buy local. Support your local economy by purchasing locally grown and produced foods for your party. Local products have the added advantage of using less transportation energy.
  • Plan ahead. Try not to make more food than you need. Since that's hard to do, be sure to have your guests bring their own containers so that you can send leftovers home with them and reduce wasted food. Or spread the holiday cheer by donating your party leftovers to the local shelter.
  • Compost food waste. It's a good practice all year long, but it's especially important during the holiday season when everyone is cooking a lot of big meals and making lots of treats.

 

Visit these websites for more information on greening your holidays and your life:

http://www.sierraclub.org/holidays/

http://earth911.com/

http://www.treehugger.com/

http://greenlivingideas.com/

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HOW TO GREEN YOUR GIFTS
Consider reusing newspapers to wrap gifts this holiday season. It will save you money and be good for the environment.

 

Follow these tips when making your green gift buying decisions this year.

 

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