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Post-Christmas green

By Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows December 28, 2010

Christmas is over and now it’s time to take down all those decorations and get ride of everything holiday. But how do you do that in an environmentally friendly manner? Our blogger friends have some tips to help you out.

Now that the presents are unwrapped, something has to be done with all the wrapping paper and bows. But what? If you are into reusing things, save them. It’s easy to use bows again. Wrapping paper is a little trickier, but if you are an expert wrapper, open presents carefully and save the paper, reuse is an option. Store it away and when you buy a gift, look for a similarly sized piece of wrapping paper.

If you are like most of us though, you have eagerly ripped off the paper to get to your gift. The Daily Green has some tips for disposing of it wisely. Here are a few:

  • 25%: That’s the amount that most people’s trash increases at Christmas. That’s huge. Make recycling a priority at this time of year.
  • Have a bag ready to collect all the wrappings. This way it is easier to bring to the recycling bin.

And what about the Christmas tree? For many households, it is what defines Christmas decorating.  PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org offers a handy guide to local recycling as well as some ideas of what else to do with the tannenbaum. For instance, you can make your tree into mulch, use it in a private fish pond for food, put it in your backyard as a natural tree house, or, if you have a living Christmas tree, plant it in your own backyard.

May all your Christmases be green!

Photo courtesy of alancleaver_2000 on Flickr