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Barry Ripp ~ Broker's Blog

By Barry Ripp | Broker in Fremont, CA

Try an Eco-Friendly Holiday

It's hard to believe, but between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week. Here are some suggestions of ways to go green this holiday season, and you just might save some green in the meantime.

Start with your gift giving. Giving an experience, like tickets to a movie or ballgame can create much less waste than toys and gadgets. And some of the best gifts can be homemade like cookies and cakes.

As you do begin wrapping up those presents for family and friends, consider reusing gift bags, tissue paper, and bows.

If you need to ship your presents this year, avoid Styrofoam packing peanuts and try using crumpled up newspaper instead.

As you search for that perfect tree, keep in mind that if you purchase a tree from a tree farm you're not damaging forests. Artificial trees are also a good choice since they are reused every year and that saves on the gas you would use driving to the tree farms.

If you’re buying lights, be sure to purchase Christmas lights made with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These lights have been around a few years and are 90% more efficient than traditional Christmas lights. They also last longer.

And start the New Year off on the right foot try treecycling. By recycling your fresh tree you can make a huge difference in reducing holiday waste. Instead of ending up in a landfill, Christmas trees can be ground into wood chips and be reused as mulch gardens, or to prevent erosion.

And remember….have a very Merry Christmas

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