The holiday season is a time for celebration and for getting together with family and friends.
But, as we feast, give gifts, decorate, and travel, we also consume lots of resources and generate lots of waste. We should all think about conserving such resources all we can.
We should look for ways to recycle our Christmas trees instead of sending them to the landfill. Check around and find someone who collects trees and mulches them or puts them to some other environment-friendly use.
We should decorate with more efficient mini-lights and turn them on just when someone's around to appreciate them.
We should tear off the fronts of old holiday cards and send them as postcards. We also should consider sending electronic cards.
You can save energy and conserve fuel associated with transportation by shopping locally, combining several errands into one trip, or car pool by traveling with friends and sharing the trips.
We should also try to buy gifts and other items with minimal packaging and/or made with recycled content.
Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift. Cheaper, less durable items often wear out quickly, creating more waste and costing you money in the long run.
Take along reusable bags for holiday gift and grocery shopping.
You can still celebrate the holidays searching for that perfect gift, that one card that says it all, and that tree to end all trees.
Just please pause to think when and where you might have an opportunity to conserve resources and reduce waste so both you and our planet can celebrate many more holidays far into the future!