Save money and enjoy a richer holiday season
The lavishness we enjoy from Thanksgiving to News Year’s Day doesn’t have to boost food waste, packaging, wrapping paper and decorations, even though previous years show a 25-percent increase in household waste this time of year. If you’d like to keep your holidays just as festive while making them less wasteful, check out these tips for decorating, entertaining and gift buying.
- Give experiences rather than goods. Think ski or park passes; tickets to sports, concert or theater events; music lessons or cooking classes.
- Use reusable tableware when entertaining. Reusable dishes, napkins, tablecloths and glasses make a gracious presentation and are more inexpensive over the long term than buying and tossing disposable tableware.
- Buy LED holiday lights. Light Emitting Diode lights are more energy-efficient and will last longer. You’ll also save money on your electricity bill.
- Recycle. Besides day-to-day recycling, be sure to make it easy for your party guests to recycle soda cans and bottles.
- Wrap presents with the future in mind. Wrapping paper isn’t recyclable, so try wrapping presents in the comics or sports section of newspaper, old posters, old maps, sheet music, reusable shopping bags, scarves or dishtowels.
- Shop locally. Take advantage of our thriving local arts and food scene when planning your meals and gift giving.
- Rethink your tree. Many of the City's garden centers and other retailers offer Christmas trees that are grown locally or sustainably, or think of decorating a poinsettia, potted evergreen, bonsai or even a live tree that you can plant in your yard in the spring. Hennepin County recycles Christmas trees, and the City of Minneapolis will pick them up for City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers in January as part of the regular service. You can also recycle a Christmas tree by using it around your own house or yard. Learn more about your options here .
Also see the recycling services offered by the City of Minneapolis.
Find out more at about green gifts at Do It Green! Minnesota .
Nov. 17, 2010
Published Nov. 19, 2010