'Tis the Season for Excess
"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.)