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Weekly Tips | November 28, 2011

Zero Waste Holidays


It’s easy to save money and reduce your holiday ‘waste-line’ this year by going green!

Give Experiences. In every community there are a wide variety of experiences you can give for every age group and interest. Look no further than local restaurants, museums, sporting events, concert halls, theater shows and classes for everything from yoga to guitar lessons.

You can also give the gift of you! Give a shared experience by making a date to do something special together. 

Shop Sustainably. With local and regional holiday craft fairs, it’s easy to support local artists, farmers and merchants.

Other ways to shop green include purchasing items made from recycled content or items made from renewable resources, such as bamboo. Shops like Nube Green, Goods for the Planet, Planet Happy Toys, Green Lake Jewelry Works, Full Circle Yarn, Fireworks Gallery and EcoKind Design offer earth-friendly choices.

Give Recycled. Shop at ‘new to you’ retailers! If you are on the hunt for bicycles, computers, clocks, messenger bags or purses, look no further than InterConnection, Alchemy Goods, Lampcycle and Bike Works.

Green Tuesday. This Tuesday, November 29th, is the official eco-focused shopping day of the season. Earth-friendly products can be found online at stores like GreenHeartShop, Reusit, Ecoist and TerraCycle.

Re-Gift! Make it a white elephant holiday! The easiest 'shopping' can be done at home. “Re-gift” things that have gone unused or unopened and find these items a new home!

Re-Charge. If you purchase gifts that require batteries, consider purchasing rechargeable batteries and a charger. Each rechargeable battery replaces up to 1,500 single-use batteries.

Give Homemade. Get crafty! Save money this holiday season by making your own gifts and cards. No matter your skill level, the sky is the limit for do-it-yourself projects and gifts.

Donate. Instead of a gift, donate to a charity in a friend or family member’s name. Holiday donations are a great way to support local non-profit organizations.

Trees for Salmon. Buy a living tree at Swansons Nursery and return it after the holiday! Your tree will be planted in a local park as part of a Green Seattle Partnership restoration project.

Bring Your Own. It's easy to reduce waste throughout the season when you bring your own travel mug to the coffee shop, take your refillable water bottle with you for on-the-go hydration, and stash your reusable shopping and grocery bags in the car to carry your holiday purchases.

Reusable bags also make wonderful gift bags, and provide an eco-extra for your special someone.

Reduce Packaging. While shopping for holiday meals, consider buying in bulk, or purchase items with less packaging.

Around the Table. Save money by using reusable and washable plates, cups, silverware, napkins, table clothes and serving dishes. For larger parties and a festive table, combine resources by borrowing tableware from friends, or purchase gently-used durable serviceware at local second-hand retailers.

Holiday Recycling! Encourage your guests to pitch in. If you have food scraps collection service, help guests keep food waste out of the garbage by placing  a collection container for food scraps next to the recycling and garbage containers.

Resources: Goods for the Planet | Washington Festival Network | EcoVian | Bike Works | Alchemy Goods | TerraCycle | InterConnection | DIY Holiday Crafts | Homemade Gifts | Goodwill | Guide Star Non-Profit List | Nube Green | Thrift Store Directory | Reuseit.com | EcoKind Design | Trees for Salmon  | Fireworks Gallery | Green Lake Jewelry Works | GreenHeart Shop | Ecoist.com | Full Circle Yarn | Leo Schmidt DesignBrown Paper Tickets | Green Gift Ideas | TreeHugger Gift Guide | Planet Happy Toys


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