Friday, December 05, 2008

this is what I wrote for my kd blog

I thought y'all might enjoy it!

you can also find it here.

It's the Best Time of the Year!

To be green, that is. Whatever you do or don't celebrate this holiday season, there's a good chance you'll get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the largest spending time of the year. With the fantastic sales and new items to buy, gifts and decorations on the mind and maybe even cards to send, it's easy to find your pocketbook a bit emptier than you expected.

But something many don't consider is the bigger impact of all that spending—the toys shipped from farther away than most of us have ever traveled, the trees cut down so you could mail someone a little bit of holiday cheer and the harmful dyes used in wrapping paper—not to mention all of the plastic packaging! All those holly jollies can quickly become a detriment to the environment!

As you shop this year, I encourage you to look for items produced in the USA, or to go one step farther, and shop local. Keep an eye on how much packaging is around that gift you're considering, and look for organic, eco-friendly or "green" alternatives whenever possible. Check out handmade items, or make your own presents. Go for cards, paper and gift tags that are made from recycled materials and printed with soy-based ink, or take it up a notch and use what you already have! You can save the cards you receive this year to make into gift tags next year, wrap your present in a reusable bag, or save on the carbon footprint and give the gift of money. There are so many options! And even if you can't "green" every step of your holiday season, know that even the smallest changes add up to make our days merrier and brighter!


Jax said...

I like it. :) Positive. Cheery. Good for the planet. You make me happy.

Anonymous said...

C, E-flat and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve minors," and E-flat leaves. C and G have an open fifth between them and after a few drinks, G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.

Misha said...

I'd prefer to think instead that people are just cutting back on Christmas in general. It is way too commercialized anyway. If we all just bought half as much this year compared to last, that would solve much more of the problem than using recycled paper (after all it is still paper).

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