Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Five Steps To Green Your Christmas

Greetings,

It's getting towards that time of year again, I can't believe it's nearly been a year since I started this blog, time flies when you're having fun!

In the spirit of the season I thought I should put together some suggestions for how to enjoy a fantastic festive break without causing undue harm to the planet and wasting unecessary resources.

So without further ado here are my thoughts, but by all means feel free to post any suggestions you may have in the comments section:

  • Use newspaper to wrap your gifts, not only does this look interesting & different but by recycling the paper instead of buying more it helps to conserve trees.


  • If you are going to buy lights, buy LEDs. They can use up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. However please note that it is more environmentally sound to use exisiting incandescant bulbs than to buy new LED bulbs because of the energy used in their manufacture.


  • Plant a tree for xmas and decorate it instead of buying a xmas tree, a live tree can be used for years to come and helps to absorb CO2. Those without the space can consider renting a tree as an alternative.


  • Source local organic food to reduce carbon footprint and to reduce the amount of harmful pesticides used in the manufacture of your groceries.


  • Recycle your wrapping paper, it is estimated that 82 sq km of wrapping paper finds its way into bins in the UK on christmas morning.

One more thing I'd suggest everyone to do, whilst not strictly relating to christmas but certainly in the spirit of the season: Join 10:10 as a new years resolution.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

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