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"Green" Your Holiday Season: Tips to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle This Holiday Season

It’s time to buy, wrap, decorate, celebrate! Here’s some tips to green your holiday!

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Learn how to "green" your holiday season!

Photo by: NYS DEC.

Albany, NY - November 25, 2016 - It’s time to buy, wrap, decorate, celebrate! Here’s some tips to green your holiday!


  • Buy less - give gifts of your time, such as cooking, babysitting, or tickets to an event, which all require little to no packaging.
  • Use LED holiday lights (which require 1/50th of the electricity of conventional lights) when decorating.
  • Consider taking public transportation or carpooling with friends or relatives when traveling during the holidays.
  • When shopping, combine your purchases into one bag rather than getting a new bag at each store.


  • When sending or giving cards or stationary, look for paper with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
  • Plan a "re-gift" swap with your like-minded friends and family to recycle your unwanted gifts.


  • Try wrapping your gifts in old magazines, newspapers, posters, or children's artwork.
  • Use last year's holiday cards to create this years "to" and "from" labels.
  • Reuse gift bags instead of throwing them away.
  • Save clothing boxes, ribbons, bows and wrapping paper to reuse next year.
  • Make your holiday decorations from things found in nature such as a basket of evergreen branches, berries, twigs, bark, herbs, etc.
  • Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bag if you do go shopping.
  • Use re-usable cups, plates, silverware and utensils at your holiday party.