A Guide to Earth-Friendly Holiday Gifting


Materials used to make gift-wrapping paper are often not accepted for recycling, especially if it’s dyed, laminated or contains non-paper additives like glitter or plastics. Get creative when wrapping presents this year with old fabric, maps, sheet music, magazines, or newspapers. You can even use baking pans or festive reusable tins. What do you get that friend or family member who has everything? Donate to a charity or service organization that they support in their name. 

How to Rid America of the Problem of Plastic Bags

Joe Baker

How often do you visit the supermarket? Research indicates that the average American consumer takes home almost 1,500 shopping bags a year. The U.S., as a whole, goes through 100 billion single-use plastic bags annually; worldwide, the number reaches over one trillion. It gets worse: less than 5 percent of plastic grocery bags are recycled within the U.S. That's a huge problem because the high-density polyethylene used to make them can take more than 1,000 years to degrade. 

Study: Americans Waste Several Times More Food Than Asians

Andrew Lam

Not much has changed since then as far as being wasteful goes. In fact, it’s gotten worse. Sure Americans recycle. We talk green and want to save the polar bears. But Americans still remain as wasteful as ever. A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council released this week found that Americans “waste 10 times as much food as someone in Southeast Asia, up 50 percent from Americans in the 1970s.”

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