Holiday Planning: 12 Ways to Be Green Over the Holidays
Get eco-friendly when holiday planning with these green tips. They're easy, economical and they'll totally match your wreath.
Trim your tree with natural and recycled items. Remember popcorn strings? Or if you're feeling crafty, try making your own ornaments, like these made from used lightbulbs
Bring reusable bags
with you when you do your holiday shopping—you'll save the earth and
look totally responsible.
Do some shopping online (Standing in long store lines is so 1998 anyway). Save gas, money, packaging and the environment. Plus, pretty much every site has free shipping right now. It makes holiday planning a lot easier!
Send tree-friendly e-cards
; you'll save paper and
postage. Americans send (and then toss!) more than 2 billion holiday cards each year—yikes!
Turn down your thermostat by three degrees (or buy a timer thermostat that regulates the temperature for you). It'll save energy, and you can rock that cute new sweater indoors without sweating your boobs off.
If you're traveling by car this holiday season, save energy by making sure your car is tuned up and ready for winter driving. Driving on under-inflated tires can decrease your gas mileage by as much as 5 percent.
When you're done with your Christmas tree, be sure to mulch it! Many cities now offer mulching services (or you can DIY!) To find out what's available in your area, check out Earth911
and punch in your area code.