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Keeping Your Holiday Green

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When you think about holiday fun, you usually don’t think about recycling but, it is possible to incorporate a few simple tips into your holiday routine to keep it green.

Thinking out of the box while packing one up

As you make room for those holiday gifts but before you toss anything, see if it can be repurposed or recycled!

  • Organizations like Nextsteprecycling.org will repair donated computers and give them to underfunded schools, needy families, and nonprofits.
  • Donate your old cell photo it to calltoprotect.org to help a victim of domestic abuse or to Cell Phones for Soldiers to help a soldier connect to family and friends back home.
  • Consider using real peanuts in place of styrfoam when packing breakables in recycled boxes. Swap out bubble wrap and tissue paper for popcorn and shredded junk mail. Your gifts will be protected without having a negative impact on the environment.
  • Instead of using costly, often non-recyclable wrapping paper, reuse what you have around the house: paper shopping bags, interesting newspapers, magazines, paper maps, etc. Get creative and wrap odd-shaped gifts in a scarf, t-shirt, leftover cloth or felt from an old project. Reuse glass and tin containers to pack gifts in and ask your children to help you create one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly gift wrap that is sure to be remembered.

After the holidays your Christmas tree may not be so green but you still can be!

Find a local recycling center through websites like earth911 and make sure that you dispose your tree in a safe, responsible manner.

What to do With Old Christmas Cards:

  • Save space by scanning or photographing special cards and keep them in a digital photo album.
  • Turn them into a book using a service like Cards for Keeps.
  • Donate the cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children who will recycle used greeting cards and turn them into new holiday and greeting cards.

New Life for old Wrapping Paper

  • Since everything shipped comes in some sort of box filled with packing material it is a good idea to separate it all and check with your local recycling center  to find out what items will be accepted.
  • If you find yourself with mounds and mounds of those little white tubes of foam piling up you might consider checking out these creative uses for packing peanuts before just dumping them in the trash.
  • Brown paper and tissue paper can be set aside and reused in many different ways.
  • Many wrapping paper materials cannot be recycled so try to give it a new life by creating new uses for used wrapping paper.Being green during the holidays not only helps the planet, it can be a real money saver. Why buy when you can reuse? It only takes a few changes in our routine to keep the money in our pocket and waste out of our landfills.How do you keep your holidays green?  If you have any tips to share I would love to hear them!
    Keep your home merry and bright. Let us give your home a Non-Toxic Green Clean this holiday season! Call Teresa's Family Cleaning for an estimate today!

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