During the rush of the holiday season, it may be harder to be the green person you strive to be throughout the year, but here are some simple ideas from Mahalo that can help us all feel a bit better.
The 2.6 billion holiday cards sold each year in the United States could fill a landfill the size of a football field 10 stories high. Send e-cards or at least reuse cards you receive to make gift tags.
The tree: If you love having a real live tree, try to buy your tree as close to its source as possible to cut down on fossil fuels. If you prefer the artificial kind, make sure it was made in the U.S.A.
Switching to LEDs for your holiday light display is 90% more efficient than incandescent lighting.
The best way to eliminate waste is to give less.
Be a giver of green gifts, i.e., items made of organic or recycled materials.
Skip the wrapping paper if possible. Wasting an entire roll of paper disguising a new bike is a waste. And remember to reuse bows.
For a complete list of green tips for the holidays, visit Mahalo.