- Skip wrapping presents. I am going to wrap all my pressies with these Trader Joe’s reusable shopping bags this year.
*The bags are only $.99/each at TJs, but when I bought 10 today I was asked by the manager if I was one of those losers who was buying out all the bags and selling them on eBay for $8/each. I told them of my green x-mas plan and they seemed skeptical. I just searched eBay and sure enough there are folks out there doing this.
If you must wrap presents consider using old newspaper and recycled ribbons or reuse gift bags.
- Buy a live tree to decorate and plant it later. I did this last year, but the poor tree did not survive. Here are some tips to keep a tree alive. (If you live in Portland, OR you can actually rent a tree that is planted in the community soon after Christmas.) For those who do buy a cut tree, make sure that you have it composted or mulched when the season is over.
- Use the more efficient and less dangerous LED Christmas lights.
- Consider making some crafty gifts or some homemade food items. Another option is to purchase tickets to an event.
- Instead of buying somebody something that they might already have or don’t need consider giving a gift that gives back to the community through Gift It Up!, which has many donation items from 14 great non-profits. The Alternative Gift Fair is organized by a Boston non-profit group called Conscious Consuming. If you can’t make it to the fair you can give online.
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