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How to Reduce Waste Over the Holidays?

How to reduce waste over the HOLIDAYS? DID YOU KNOW? According to half of the food we make on Thanksgiving ends up in the garbage. 00000O The volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25% ** between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day – about 1 million extra tons. Be Efficient! Biofuel is primarily made of the oil from Donate your leftovers to a: cooked food. Homeless Shelter Biofuel Manufacturers When preparing a feast: Think organic veggies, fruits, meat or sustainable seafood. Consider giving a membership to your local community supported agriculture (CSA) program, which provides locally-grown produce year-round. At the end of the meal, remember to compost and recycle. You can use disposable or non-dispos Buy them made from recycled or compostable material. materials. Remember to place easily identifiable recycling and compost containers at your celebration so guests can recycle soda cans, bottles, and paper products, and compost food scraps. Homebrew tea, or purchase beverages in bulk packaging, such as gallon jugs. Set up beverages in attractive pitchers next to an ice bucket to add to the charm. Give gifts that require little or no packaging, such as the gift of your time (cooking, babysitting, or gardening), a charitable donation, or tickets to an event. Use Energy-Efficient Lighting When decorating, use Energy Star energy efficient lighting such as LED outdoor holiday lights, which require 1/50th of the electricity of conventional lights and last 20-30 years. Put lights on a timer or turn them on only when someone's home. Replant, Compost, or Mulch Your Tree If you want to celebrate with a tree, consider a tree that can be replanted later. If you celebrated with a cut tree, after the holidays, look for ways to compost your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Decorations With a few simple supplies and a little imagination, you can make great eco-friendly Thanksgiving decorations and have a lot of fun in the proceSs. Colored construction paper can be cut or folded into simple Pilgrim, turkey and harvest decorations.Later, the paper can be recycled. Reduce Shopping Bags When going shopping, bring reusable cloth bags or tell store clerks you don't need a bag for small or oversized purchases. Or combine your purchases into one bag rather than getting a new bag at each store. Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up in landfills every year Travel Smart If you drive, use less fuel and lower your emissions by making sure your car is in good working order and your tires are properly inflated. If you fly, consider purchasing carbon credits to offset your portion of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by your flight. A typical long-haul flight produces nearly four tons of carbon dioxide. Plant a Tree Planting one tree may not seem to make much difference in the face of global climate change, but small things do matter. In one year, the average tree absorbs roughly 26 pounds of carbon dioxide and returns enough oxygen to supply a family of four. Centerpieces and Table Decor Try rotating pieces of existing decor or cOnsider creating a new one using items you already oWn. Or, consider making the food the centerpiece. After all, Thanksgiving dinner is what everyone is there for! Be Green APACKAGING LLC Sources:

How to Reduce Waste Over the Holidays?

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The holidays are a time of decadence and can sometimes be wasteful...use this infographic to learn ways in which you can cut down some of these costs.


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