Holiday Press Release, December 2011
First Day: Buy cards made from Tree FREE Resources, such as hemp or make our own cards using recycled paper or recycled card stock. Reuse old envelopes and use environment friendly inks when writing out our cards or printing them.
Second Day: Go shopping for the holiday feast a different way. Walk! If we can’t walk to the food store, take a vehicle that gives us the best gas mileage. That might be a car, but public transportation is better. To facilitate shopping check out, use Reusable Cloth bags.
Third Day: When buying all that food we can save a great deal by not buying foods that must be shipped thousands of miles to get to us. Buy from local farmers who take pride in growing organic produce or sustainable meats. This will help our own local economy and help to reduce the carbon footprint just by shopping smarter.
Fourth Day: If we have yet to read the short story "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, please do. A simple gift from our heart is worth a million times more than a big electronic and noisy product that uses natural resources. The digital version of this book makes a great eco-friendly gift.
Fifth Day: Have a tree planted in a U.S. National Forest for a person who loves nature and the outdoors. This is another great eco-friendly gift.
Sixth Day: Call neighbors and ask them if they need anything from the post office or supermarket when making that trip. Perhaps we can even carpool with some of them and get to know them better, along with their traditions and customs.
Seventh Day: Donate our talents to local outreach programs that help save time, money, energy, and our planet.
Eighth Day: When buying commercial gifts, buy GREEN. A reusable mug or cup can help our environment and save energy by avoiding buying bottle water that is the worst. Learn how a reusable mug and distilled water can make a powerful difference at our GoingTrueGreen.com website and Blog postings under WATER.
Ninth Day: When wrapping those gifts reuse old wrapping paper, bags, and boxes from prior years.
Tenth Day: If we are putting lights up outside our house to whatever degree, use the new LED lights to save energy and money. Realized savings can be as high as 90%. Simple is better for most people, so also try to stay away from all those Blow-Up Decors that use fans and lights. We all need to remember the real reason for Christmas and keeping Christ in Christmas is easy after we see Jesus’ real face and full passion on the Shroud of Turin.
Eleventh Day: Remember the Three Rs: Reuse old holiday cards by tearing off the cover image and using them as gift name tags for next year. Thus Reducing the need to buy new name tags. Recycle the back half of the cards.
Twelfth Day: Visit us at GoingTrueGreen.com to learn so much more about saving Money, Energy, and our Environment.
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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