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Wrapping up Christmas: a guide for gift giving

It is that time of year.  The scramble for the big Christmas day is underway!  You are in one of two positions this time of year: One, sildenafil case you are frantically trying to get your shopping done (or started) or two, you are struggling to get everything wrapped.

For the first, I wish you the best of luck and encourage you to check out some of my last minute sustainable gift ideas, or websites like World Vision, Uncommon Goods, and Ten Thousand Villages for unique and environmentally-friendly gifts.

For the second, I found myself in this boat and looking for some better solutions to wrap all the holiday gifts this season.  According to the EPA, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25% and it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills (EPA and Use Less Stuff).  That doesn’t feel good in a season where we are trying to give better lives.

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O’ Sustainable Christmas Tree

Oh the sacred and sought after holiday family Christmas Tree; so much to consider when selecting this hallmark symbol of the holidays.  While I have always enjoyed the smell and look of a real tree, cialis sildenafil   there was a pang of guilt when using a cut tree. Knowing that it takes 6-7 years for the tree to grow, and then it only stays in our home for six weeks, fills me with environmental remorse.  Artificial trees are an option, but the negative environmental impact of all that plastic and energy consumed when shipping from overseas is something has always been a turn-off.  Continue reading

O’ (Live) Christmas Tree

Since we moved to the Pacific Northwest, viagra healing we adopted a new Christmas tradition involving the centerpiece of the holiday, sildenafil order the Christmas Tree. 

I have always enjoyed the smell and look of a live tree, levitra but it came with guilt knowing that it is harvested for just for a 6 week stay in our home.  Artifical trees have perceived enviro-benefit, but you need to use them for 20+ years to be “carbon nuetral”. They are made overseas with plastic, so there is “green” guilt there as well.

We began exploring a sustainable and guilt-free way to enjoy this holiday tradition.  After doing some research, we chose to go with a live tree that can be planted in our yard when the holiday is over.

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