A Holiday Green Tip from the Green Sanctuary Committee
Simple Gifts - Do yourself and the Earth a favor this holiday season by simplifying your gift giving and decorating. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Shop locally—perhaps at First Parish’s Holly Day Artisan Faire!!
Consider the life of your purchase.
Donate unwanted gifts.
Resist the temptation to buy more.
Give your time, not stuff.
Give a donation to the charity of your recipient’s choice.
Use reusable shopping bags.
Use wrapping paper that is responsibly made and includes high recycled content.
Reuse wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons and bows.
Use recycled card art and sprigs of live evergreen in place of tags and bows on your gifts.
Reuse newspapers or magazines to make your own wrap.
For someone you no longer want to exchange gifts with, send a gift exemption voucher.
Decorate your home with items from nature.
Use real dishes and cloth napkins when entertaining.
Spend time with loved ones doing things that bring you joy—don’t get caught up in the stress of commercialization.
Many of these tips came from http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/publiced/holidays/LessWaste.pdf