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Green holiday entertaining doesn't mean you have to forgo the seasonal fun.
You can still decorate and entertain in festive style. But you can do it with a clear conscience, knowing that you are not contributing to the waste the holiday season generates each year.
It might even be more fun knowing that you are lessening your carbon footprint while merrymaking this holiday season.
These green holiday entertaining ideas can help get the green party started.
Forget the plastic Santas and other gaudy trim.
Go natural this year with your decorations and help the environment along with extending your holiday budget.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
When shopping for holiday merrymaking, select items with the least packaging and buy only what you'll use this year.
The goal is to make sure your entertaining efforts use the least amount possible of items that end up in our landfills.
Call your local recycling company to find out which materials are accepted for recycling in your community. Not all facilities recycle all materials, even those marked "recyclable."
For example, gift wrap, cards, and cardboard boxes with special finishes cannot be recycled because they release potentially dangerous fumes when burned.
Here are a few other ways you can make a difference this holiday season:
Many retailers stock environmentally friendly gifts, wraps, and trimmings. One ecological and budget-friendly way to wrap gifts is to use recycled or recyclable materials already in our homes, such as the newspaper funny pages, cloth napkins, or scarves. Other ideas include:
Kids get a kick out of opening individually wrapped presents.
Still, for an adult's gift, you can keep the packaging to a minimum by wrapping them all in a single reusable box or by using last year's leftover wrapping and bows.
If you send greeting cards, choose recyclable ones or postcards. Or, buy cards from local organizations that benefit good causes.
Save the cards you receive to cut up and reuse them next year as gift tags. They're also a good resource for kiddie art projects.