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REWRAP

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SAVE $5 Use wrapping paper made from recycled paper instead of high-end wrapping paper. Save up to $5 per year. Gift-wrap made from recycled paper not only saves trees, water and energy, but keeps previously used paper out of the landfill. Also, most recycled wrapping paper is made with soy-based ink, which is non-toxic, and [...]

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GREEN TREE

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SAVE $100 Buy an organic live (or living) Christmas tree, instead of an artificial tree. Save up to $100 or more over the average 6-year lifetime of an artificial tree. Live (or living) trees are renewable resources, requiring only soil, sun, nutrients and water to grow. Artificial trees are typically made in China from PVC plastic, which [...]

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GREAT GRAPES

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SAVE $10 Buy value-priced organic wine (or wine made from organic grapes) from a startup vineyard instead of conventional wine from a more established one. Save up to $10 or more per bottle, or over $500 per year if you buy one bottle of wine each week. Both organic wine and wine made from organic [...]

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GIFT GIVING

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Gift cards, concert tickets, restaurant certificates, and movie vouchers can be great alternatives to heavily packaged and wrapped holiday presents.  If you buy these items online, you’ll not only save between five and 10 pounds of packaging waste, but you’ll also reduce the time, stress, and energy associated with traffic, crowds, and long check-out lines.  [...]

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LIGHT BRIGHT

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Buy LED miniature holiday lights instead of the incandescent variety. After the initial price difference (LED lights cost about $5-$10 more per 100-light string), save $3.50 per holiday season on energy costs and $50 on replacement light strands over their 20 year lifetime.  LED lights use about 10% of the energy consumed by incandescent lights. [...]

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TURKEY WINNER

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SAVE $10 Unless you’re serving an army, or are planning to repurpose the leftovers, buy a small turkey (10 lbs) instead of an XXL turkey (20 lbs). Save up to $10 or more per year. Raising smaller turkeys consumes less resources in terms of food, land and water, produces less waste, and requires less energy [...]

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PASS UP THE PLASTIC

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SAVE $20 Buy natural decorations like dried corn, gourds, pumpkins, and maple leaves instead of disposable plastic decorations. Save up to $20 or more per year. Save the Planet: Natural decorations are renewable resources, whereas most manufactured decorations are made from plastic—which is produced from petroleum. Disposable decorations inevitably end up as garbage after the [...]

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A FINE VINTAGE

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SAVE $100 Instead of wrapping up a brand new item, why not find a fashionable antique or used item of equally high quality? Save up to $100 or more. Reusing things that other people have discarded keeps them out of the waste stream. It also saves resources on the manufacturing side, as fewer new products [...]

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DISPOSE OF DISPOSABLE

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SAVE $25 Use washable dishes, glasses and silverware instead of disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery. You can save up to $25 or more per year. Using glass or ceramic dinnerware, which you likely already own, saves the resources used to manufacture the disposable varieties, as well as reduces plastic waste.

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REDECORATE

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Buy high-quality reusable holiday and party decorations instead of disposable ones.