Have a green Christmas

Dream of a white Christmas while creating a greener style of celebrating the holiday season.

Dream of a white Christmas while creating a greener style of celebrating the holiday season. Alberta Environment offers the following tips to enjoy environmentally friendly festivities:

• Choose items with less or recyclable packaging.

• Consider handicrafts by local artisans and re-gifting items that someone else would appreciate.

• Select gifts that don’t involve hardware, such as concert tickets, theatre subscriptions or certificates for cooking or fitness classes.

• Wrap gifts in newspaper, magazine pages or reusable materials such as cloth bags.

• Choose reusable dinner wear and cloth napkins to reduce the amount of material that’s bound for the trash.

• Give gifts that promote sustainable habits, like composters, travel mugs, canvas shopping bags and bus passes.

• Get creative. Make new holiday cards and gift boxes from the ones you received last year. Send e-mails and e-mail invitations to eliminate your paper footprint.

• Use energy-efficient lights and decorations, and put them on timers.

• Keep unwanted goods like winter coats, boots and household items out of the landfills by giving them to community organizations for distribution for people in need of such items.

• Visit www.onesimpleact.alberta.ca to learn more.