You can give a gift to the National Heritage Corridor this year by reducing your carbon footprint during the holiday season. Consider these suggestions:
- Purchase recycled gift wrap. You can identify it by the triangular “recycled” logo.
- Reuse gift paper that was carefully unwrapped and saved. An iron set on the lowest temperature can make paper wrap look new.
- Make your own paper. This is a great project for kids. Reuse brown paper bags and decorated with paintings, drawings, stamping or glue and glitter.
- Use wallpaper left over from a home improvement project. A leftover quarter roll can provide sturdy coverage of items that poke through thinner papers.
- Use a basket. It’s a great way to present a gift and it can be reused by the recipient.
- Instead of bubble pack or Styrofoam peanuts (made from benzene – bad stuff!) recycle used paper through a document shredder to produce your own packing materials. Or fill a box with air-popped popcorn.
- Recycle holiday cards you received last year into gift tags.
- Use environmentally-friendly tape like Scotch Magic Greener Tape made from 65% renewable or recycled materials. It’s photo safe and non-yellowing.
- Place your gifts in a reusable shopping bag that the recipient can use over and over.
- Let the gift be the wrapping! Gardening supplies can be presented in a watering can or bucket, for example. A kitchen towel or napkin can become the wrap for a culinary gift.
We wish you a holiday that is green and clean.