Follow consumer tips to turn Christmas ‘green’

December 17, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 17, 2012

‘Tis the season for consumption — parties, gifts, shopping, decorations, food and more food — leading to more waste, so King County is encouraging revelers to turn the holiday season “green.”

The county launched the Green Holidays campaign to educate consumers about how to cut waste, save energy and support the local economy during the holiday season.

The campaign covers holiday décor, entertaining, Christmas tree-cycling and more.  The “green” motif also extends to cards, packaging and gift wrap.

“From DIY presents to gift wrap from reused materials, our website shows consumers a new batch of fun, easy ways to make the holiday more meaningful yet less wasteful,” King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson said. “For example, did you know you can make a beautiful bow for a present out of an old plastic bag, or make family keepsake gifts from salvaged kitchen tiles?”

Green Holidays’ revamped website showcases “green” holiday ideas and projects from local resources and from bloggers around the United States.

The website is also a  resource for information on how to recycle holiday leftovers, including wrapping paper, Christmas trees, burned-out holiday lights, food waste and batteries.

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