Thursday, December 23, 2010

Green Christmas

By Sarah R. Bailey

“I’ll have a green Christmas just thinking about you!”

Christmas is the time for Holiday cheer, eggnog, children laughing, gingerbread, caroling, big Saint Nick and his posse of elves and reindeer, and also a rise in polluting the environment. With more energy dispensed during Christmas than any other time of year, due to beautiful decorations and lights, you might want to consider going green this Christmas. It’s not too late, and it is super easy.

Younger Women’s Task Force realizes that going green cold turkey may be daunting, so we suggest small steps. Start with the centerpiece of your Holiday season—the Christmas tree.

There are both pros and cons to having a live tree or an artificial one. Live trees are biodegradable and can be recycled into mulch or compost. Artificial trees can be stored and reused each year, and are less expensive.

Once you’ve decided what kind of tree to put up, it is time to style up its lovely branches. Most ornaments are made of plastic or glass and are not that environmentally friendly. However, Planar, has designed unique, wool-felt ornaments that are made of one material and use the smallest amount of ink possible. Now this is something that would have even the greenest of grinches blushing with Holiday joy!

The idea is to start NOW. Make a few changes, and build on that year after year. Let our generation be the one known for bettering the world we live in.

Sarah R. Bailey is a graduate of Georgia State University where she earned a B.A. in Journalism, and minor in Political Science. She is currently interning for, a leading women’s publication that promotes women and what they do. She is an animal lover, coffeeaholic, and has a small obsession with Vince Vaughn.
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