HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS

HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS


HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS

Preparing for holidays and other celebrations often involves a lot of shopping for gifts, decorations, and festive foods. If you are concerned about climate change and sustainability, it’s a good idea to make environmentally responsible choices in what we buy.

Choosing LED holiday lights can save on electricity when compared to incandescent lights. The estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days would be $10 for Incandescent C-9 lights and 27 cents for LED C-9 lights. Plus, the same LED string could still be in use 40 holidays from now.

Avoiding single use paper items can help save trees. According to the Clean Air Council, “In the U.S., an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays. Four million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags.” Cloth gift bags are a nice alternative and are more likely to be reused and re-gifted.  Sending e-greetings instead paper cards can help save trees as well.

Selecting the perfect gift is a common challenge. Sometimes the best things in life aren’t things. Giving someone an experience, like a trip to a National Park or tickets to a play, can have a much more personal impact. Offering a friend a membership to a museum they love or taking a child to a planetarium can create memories that last longer than a scarf or the latest action figure.

ADOPT AN ACRE® FROM THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

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You can be the one to help ensure that nature’s most vulnerable lands and waters are given the care, the love and the protection that they need. When you Adopt an Acre®, your symbolic gift will…
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A GIFT OF SEEDS FROM SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE

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Since 1975, Seed Savers Exchange has protected the biodiversity of our food system—and our planet—by preserving rare, heirloom, and open-pollinated varieties of seeds in our seed bank at Heritage Farm and encouraging gardeners and farmers…
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ECO FRIENDLY PAPER PARTY DECORATIONS

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Balloons float away from our parties and celebrations and often end up in the wild where birds and other animals can mistake them for food, or can get entangled in their strings. There are some…
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BIODEGRADABLE CONFETTI

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Festive events and celebrations often involve confetti. Weddings have that magic moment where confetti is thrown at the newlyweds. Unfortunately, many confettis—especially shiney ones—can be made out of microplastics, mylar, or metal. These elements can…
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