Green Tip: Guide for an Eco-Friendlier Holiday Season (from the Ecology Center)
Americans throw away an additional 5 million tons of trash - 25% more than usual - between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. We don’t want to be a downer but that extra helping of consumer goods, packaging, food waste, and Christmas trees takes a real toll on the environment. More paper and plastic packaging means more trees are cut down and more petrochemicals are produced; more consumer goods means more fossil fuel energy is used for manufacture and for transport. But the holidays don't have to be a time of waste! We can celebrate thoughtfulness and care, in addition to celebrating the Winter season. The Ecology Center offers practical tips to help lighten your impact.