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Green your holidays

The countdown to the December holidays has begun and there’s no better time to start thinking about festive season recycling. Did you know? In the U.S. alone, 2.65 billion Christmas cards are sold each year – enough to fill a football field 10 stories high! (Source: holidayrecycling.com)

So, how can we help the planet this festive season? Here are a few suggestions:
• Remember to go shopping with reusable bags
• Send e-cards or buy cards which contain recycled material
• Avoid non-recyclable gift wrap e.g. metallic papers
• Buy rechargeable batteries for electronic toys
• Give a green gift like a tree or a Postwink recycling bin
• If you’re planning to buy a real Christmas tree, plant a tree to compensate for the one that’s been removed. Alternatively, buy a good quality artificial one instead.
• Give back to the environment by supporting a green initiative such as Food & Trees for Africa
• If you don’t already recycle, make it your New Year’s resolution to start. (Sources: www.holidayrecycling.com; www.dnr.mo.gov)

And, if you’re travelling long distances these holidays, try implementing a few green driving tips en route:
• Avoid aggressive driving which wastes fuel and creates higher pollution rates
• Drive at the speed limit to improve your fuel economy
• Pack as lightly as possible as extra weight reduces fuel economy
• Keep your tyres properly inflated. Aside from being unsafe, underinflated tyres reduce fuel economy.
(Source: www.greenercars.org)

If you find time on your travels, please tweet us and let us know what recycling initiatives are happening (or not) in your holiday destination. We’d love to hear from you!