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Greener Holidays
By Nicole Cogar
Grade 12
Horizons Home Study
Concord, CA

The holidays are all about giving, so why not give back to Mother Earth this holiday season and help give her a break?

Everyone can have a happy holiday season with a greener impact on the Earth. Here are some tips and tidbits for a happier, greener holiday season.

If you are putting up a Christmas tree this year, you could put up an artificial tree instead of a live one - it might cost a little more, but in the long run it will pay off, both financially and environmentally. If you are going to buy a live tree, make sure it's from a farm that grows them sustainably. There are even organic Christmas tree farms that do not use pesticides on their trees.

When decorating with lights - which is always fun and festive - use LED lights, they are 90% more efficient than incandescent lights.

You can also give greener gifts, without compromising the quality or quantity of what you buy. From toys and clothes, to make-up and electronics, you can find something for everyone on your list. Or better yet, you could make gifts! There are so many fun things you can make and you can find instructions on how to make them all over the internet.

And when you wrap those gifts, instead of using conventional wrapping paper, get creative and use the Sunday comics, outdated road maps, decorated brown paper bags, or anything recyclable. If you do use regular wrapping paper, make sure to save it and use it next year - same goes for ribbon! Also cut the front off cards you sent out last year and use them as gifts tags.

And when the holidays are over, if you got a live tree, make sure to recycle it; save all your wrapping paper and ribbon; drop off extra packing material and styrofoam at local mailing centers; dispose of all holiday waste correctly.

There is so much you can do this holiday season to be a little greener and help out the Earth. So give green, get green, stay green, and live green :)