Getting caught up in the frenzy of food, family, and festivities all the more reason to step back and take a look at what we’re doing. “Green” holidays are not just about spending money or sweeping up fallen pine needles. It’s an awareness of our impact on the earth, and how we can make beneficial choices. A few suggestions to keep our minds in a
1. When picking up folks over the next few days, consider carpooling. It reduces gasoline consumption.
2. Avoid plastic wraps, most of which contain PVC, which has been linked to harmful environmental carcinogens.
3. Use less paper disposables as possible–go for reusables like glass, metal, fabric, etc.
4. Buy less food. Cook what you’ll actually need, not dishes baed soley on “tradition.” At least 28 billion pounds of food are wasted each year, according to various sources.This is not about over-stuffing oneself with too much, and/or overly rich foodstuffs.
5. Plan ahead for tasty leftovers. Look up suitable recipes in advance [count on about a week’s worth to be on the safe side], so your culinary efforts won’t go down the drain or waste. disposal.
6. When possible, recycle those gift bags. Plus, much of that gift wrap can also be repurposed for other smaller gifts, or turned into a craft project for the kids.
7. Donate leftover food to a nearby food bank or a shelter; it will be appreciated.
December holidays don’t have to put a hole in your wallet or sense of well-being for the earth.