Green Holiday Tips, Plus a Giveaway


Tis the season to be… green?


Here are a few ideas from gum chums on how to do just that…

* Trim the After-Christmas Tree
“When you take your Christmas tree down, set it up outside for a few weeks. Decorate it with pinecones filled  with peanut butter and peanuts, and string other healthy organic treats for our feathered friends.”
– Shelly S., Glen Rock, PA

* Rejoice in Re-Gifting
“Take and give something you already have, something you really appreciate yourself. Or make craft projects from recycled material. It doesn’t take much to give from the heart.”
– Melinda M., Huntington, WV

* Set the Table Sustainably
“Get some cloth placemats and napkins, and use real silverware and plates! I know no one wants to do dishes on the holiday, and hostesses want a festive table, but it’s easy to get reusable stuff. Thrift shops often have great items, especially if you have a small family and only need small quantities of matching items.”
– Teresa H., Duluth, MN

* Keep It Local
“Buy a tree from a local farmer (if you want a live one), or buy a re-usable tree made from sustainable materials that you can enjoy year after year.”
– Robin O., Dothan, AL

* Tag Gifts Creatively
“I keep my Christmas cards from the previous years and cut off the front of the cards, the parts that have not been written in. I use a hole puncher to make a hole in the corner and pass some ribbon through it to create make-your-own gift tags.”
– Sophia C., Garden Grove, CA

* Get Crafty
“Make your own home-crafted wine and jellies from fresh fruits throughout the year. Reuse the bottles and jars for another batch. Use the corks for a unique cork board or trivet. Also, save acorns and leaves for a unique table decoration. Then plant the saved acorns to provide more trees.”
– James K.

* Try a New Spin on Santa’s Sack
“Instead of wrapping paper, try using material bags— handmade or bought. You can pass these around in families, they can be laundered, and after a few years you will be surprised at the memories– reminiscing of Christmases past, and what you received in a certain bag, and to whom it has been passed, and for how long it has been circulating.”
– Shelly S., Glen Rock, PA

* Doggy Bag Responsibly
“With holiday parties, there are always leftovers. This could mean lots of Saran Wrap, plastic baggies, etc. However, it’s easy to save disposable plastic containers (from yogurt, lunch meat, etc.) in advance to send leftover food home with guests. Covers are also available for many Pyrex and other brand containers; purchase with transport in mind.”
– Teresa H., Duluth, MN

* Wrap Wisely
“I highly recommend not buying any wrapping paper during the holidays. There are so many green options for wrapping gifts, like using pretty magazine ads or plain paper that you already have on hand and decorating it with markers. No need to cause more waste. I also recommend stuffing your family’s stockings with Glee Gum!”
– Robin O., Dothan, AL

CelebrateGreenBook-LargeGot a green holiday tip of your own to share? Email for a chance to win a copy of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family. Written by Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, green living experts and the mother-daughter team behind the non-profit Green Halloween®, the book is jam-packed with practical, affordable, and fun ideas for more sustainable and eco-friendly events. 3 winners will each receive the book, plus a selection of Glee Gum samples. Include your name, email address and zip code. There’s no limit to the number of tips you can send. Deadline January 1, 2012. Open to US residents only. Happy greening!

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