Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Top 10 Ideas!

It’s not too late for some holiday tips!! Here are 10 ideas to keep sustainability on track:

Holiday tip #1: Act like a boy scout & be prepared. Make lists. Try to do all of your shopping in one trip.  Save on gas & stress!

Holiday tip #2: Knows store return policies and get gift receipts so they can be returned or exchanged if needed.

Holiday tip #3: Look for gifts that are not over-packaged, labeled energy efficient, made with recycled materials, or recyclable. 

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Holiday tip #4: Think durability and length of warranties!  How long will the item last? Will it just end up in a landfill?

Holiday tip #5: Give a gift of time: Take someone to a concert or movie. Make gift cards for a special dinner, pet-sitting or house cleaning. 

Holiday tip #6: Plants make excellent presents and help to reduce indoor pollution.  Herb-growing kits are also a great idea.

Holiday tip #7: If you give a gift that requires batteries, include the rechargeable kind – and a battery recharger. 
Holiday tip #8: Give the gift of charity this year. Sponsor a child refugee, support a homeless shelter, or protect an acre of rainforest.

Holiday tip #9: Give the gift of yourself.  Volunteer in your community! Join the NC GreenPower Speakers Bureau.

Holiday tip #10: Turn holiday lights on only when people are around to enjoy them. Avoid leaving them on all day and use a timer at night.

Still looking for a last minute gift? Buy used! There are many local consignment shops that specialize in “gently used” items.

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