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‘Tis the Season for Green Holiday Ideas

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It’s post-Thanksgiving so we know you’ve got gift-giving on your mind.

Well, we’re here to help with ideas for keeping the joy, with a bit more of the earth-friendly ethic.

Gifts Use recycled wrapping paper! Get creative and make your own with old maps, newspaper, photographs, or paper bags. Here are some more fun ideas!


Give experiences instead of material items.  Purchase tickets to visit a museum, garden, or aviary. Or buy your loved one a day on the slopes, a yoga class, or a cooking lesson.  Spa gift certificates or tickets to the ballet or a sporting event are always hits. Or consider donating to an organization on behalf of someone. Make gifts or buy gifts made of recycled materials. If you are going to buy gifts, support local businesses including our e2 businesses which are both local and green!


Food Make sustainable food choices like buying from local growers.  Stock up on holiday staples at this weekend’s Winter Market Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Rio Grande Train Depot.

Incorporate vegan dishes into your holiday traditions. Be creative with leftovers and reduce food waste. Also, use reusable tableware and be sure to recycle glass and cans.

Donate what you don’t use. By donating our unwanted food, it diverts the food from landfills and puts food on the table for families in need.




Decorations  Make some fun simple decorations by stitching or gluing felt together to make festive ornaments.

Here are 45 budget and kid-friendly holiday crafts that are made out of common household items and they help divert waste from our landfills.

After the holidays, if you have a tree, please put it in the brown compost can (Make sure to cut it up so it fits in the bin and remove any tinsel and non-organic decorations).

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Want more ideas? Check out our 2017 Green Holiday Guide

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