Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Seasons Greenings

It's that time of year again!

'Tis the season of consumption, as shoppers are gearing up for the holiday season. Did you know that the average person is planning on spending $700 on gifts this year, yet most people cannot remember one thing they received last holiday season? Also, studies have shown that consumers create 25% more waste during the holiday season.

So if you're interested in gifting sustainably this year, here are some tips:

  • Get creative with your gift giving. Try the Spudcoat, a biodegradable, compostable raincoat made of potato starch that plants seeds at the end of it's life cycle. Or if you're in the Black Hills, try giving a bottle of local wine from one of the wineries. 

  • Register on the Alternative Gift Registry for activities you'd like to do instead of products that will end up in the landfill.

  • Buy wrapping paper made with recycled content, or use extra paper you have laying around (like a paper bag or an old atlas).

  • Go digital (or at least recyclable) with your holiday cards.

  • Give a donation in someone's name to a charitable organization.

Any other creative ideas out there? Let's hear 'em!

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