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Have Yourself a Green Christmas

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While it’s the most wonderful time of the year, you may not realize that it can also be the most wasteful.

With Christmas right around the corner, there are many ways that we can be greener. Like it or not, it’s a fact of Christmas – extra trash, more than five million tons nationally – four million of which are wrapping paper waste.

One Christmas, Stephanie Lancaster watched her family of four fill five bags of trash after unwrapping presents. After realizing this, she took action – and now runs a business selling reusable ‘fabric wrappers’.

“We decided to design a fabric wrapper that would wrap boxes, its reverse-able and one-piece. We also have fabric gift bags, and those products are re-useable, so they can be used over and over, year after year,” said Lancaster.

Stephanie has been running this business for nearly two years – and is seeing interest grow all the time.

If Americans would use re-usable gift-wrap for just three gifts this year we would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

On the other side of the county, Airlie Gardens is taking steps to reduce the impact of their Enchanted Airlie display, by using led lights.

“By switching over, you can reduce your energy cost by eighty percent in some cases, so a lot of savings there. The LED lights are brighter, they last longer, they emit very little heat – a lot less than the incandescents,” said Mark Collogan, Environmental Education Director.

All of which are good tips for those dreaming of a ‘Green Christmas’.

For more information on wrapping your gifts with fabric, visit Stephanie’s website at www.fabricwrapper.com

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While it’s the most wonderful time of the year, you may not realize that it can also be the most wasteful. With Christmas right around the corner, there are many ways that we can be greener.

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