Updated: August 26, 2011

"The holidays are marked by a heightenedperiod of consumption, which produces more waste thanusual," says Kim Carlson, host of Livin' the Green Life on VoiceAmerica radio. "But you can participate in the festivities and stillbe green; just make more earth-friendly choices." How to start:

  • Reset your table
    "Cloth napkins eliminate paper waste and can be reused for years," says Carlson.

  • Give the gift of experience
    "Tickets to a game will be appreciated more than anothercoffeemaker," says Carlson. Not only does thisreduce garbage, but it creates a memory.

  • Read the labels
    Whenever possible, buy gifts made from natural materials ratherthan plastics, which contain petroleum.

  • Pack it up right
    Ditch the paper, andwrap with reusable materials. (Slip agift into a scarf and tie it with a ribbon.)

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