holiday greening

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photo by ylanite koppens

I love having lots of presents to open for the holidays. But this year, I’m trying not to buy useless stuff.  So Dad gets a subscription he’d never get himself. Mother-in-law gets a jar of homemade thoughts-a-day for the year. One nephew gets video game $$$ (of course), a niece gets a gift certificate to her favorite salon, my kids will get movie ticket vouchers, and my goddaughter in Europe gets a YouTube video of me reading Christmas stories. Throw in a little recycled or recyclable gift wrap (except for the video), and I’m good to go!

water coming and going

photo by kirsten marie ebbesen

If you’re walking away from the kitchen or bathroom faucet or shower while the water is running, think again. For example, leaving the tap on while brushing your teeth uses around 8 gallons of water a day. In a year, that adds up to over 36 bathtubs of water down the drain. Remember, tap water is  cleaned and purified, which also uses resources and energy. Make a bigger impact by installing low-flow shower and faucet heads. It’s easier than you think!

knives, forks and spoons

photo by hue-12

The US uses about 40-100 billion plastic utensils a year. Instead of one-use, disposable cutlery, use your own utensils, whether at home or at work. Ditch the plastic forks with your take out as well. Yes, you will have to wash a fork or spoon, but it’s a lot less resource intensive than making and tossing a plastic one. It saves $$ for restaurants too, so share the love!

Corona Fit Packs: Smart stackable can solution does away with six-pack rings — Life & Soul Magazine

Mexican beer brand Corona has created a screwable, stackable can in an innovative approach to tackle the problem and impact of plastic waste on the environment. The new Fit Packs involve screwable, stackable cans with screw threads at the top and bottom of each can, allowing up to ten cans to be stacked on top of […]

Corona Fit Packs: Smart stackable can solution does away with six-pack rings — Life & Soul Magazine