Green Shoots Blog
The holidays are a special time to gather with friends and family. It is also a time of year when it is easy to forget to be eco-conscience. Did you know from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day households produce 25% more waste, adding an additional 1 million tons per week to our landfills! With a little planning and creative ideas we can still enjoy the season and stay green! Enjoy our tips for a greener holiday!
Get into the Holiday Spirit with Better Giving
Give the Gift of Bamboo
We all know by now that bamboo is about as eco-friendly as it gets. If you have been wishing for bamboo flooring in your home or a new bamboo fence around your pool, treat yourself! Or if you want to surprise that special someone, give them a Cali Bamboo Gift Certificate. You are guaranteed that their gift will be enjoyed for years to come.
Support a Non-profit
Consider donating to a worthwhile cause that interests you. Most non-profits allow you to donate in the name of a loved one. It is the perfect gift for the person who has everything or to teach children the value of giving back. Find a charity at CharityNavigator.org or check out some of Cali Bamboo’s favorite causes here.
Choose Green Stocking Stuffers
If you have stockings to stuff, you can still stay on track with your eco-friendly mindset. Choose items that are handmade and/or recycled. Try handmade gifts from Etsy.com, where you will even find jewelry and clothing made from bamboo, or perhaps give a recycled 2011 calendar to get your friends or family ready for the New Year.
Wrap Smart & Save the Ribbons!
Get creative with wrapping gifts by using decorated grocery-store bags (a fun activity for kids) or pages from glossy fashion magazines. Or try giving items in reusable baskets and bags. If you want to stick with tradition, recycle your wrapping and save your ribbons! If every family in the US reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet!
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Every year 50 million Christmas Trees are purchased in the US and 30 million end up in a landfill. Recycling your Christmas tree is easier than you think. Most communities have Christmas tree recycling centerssponsored by the local governments. Visit http://earth911.com/ to find one near you.
The greener alternative to a cut tree is a Living Christmas Tree that comes with its roots intact. After decorating it for the holidays you can plant it in your own yard or donate it to a plant-a-tree organization. You can also rent a living tree for the holidays!
Remember, burning should never be in your plans for Christmas tree disposal. It creates unnecessary air pollution, and the turpentine in pines and evergreen trees is very flammable.