Going Green For Christmas

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Want to go "green" without dipping into the "red" this holiday season? Here are some simple ways you can help reduce your environmental impact while on a budget.

Decorate with LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights, and even save up to $50 on your energy bills during the holiday season.

You might be surprised to know that wrapping paper is difficult to recycle because it's often dyed, laminated and covered with non-paper additives. Wrap presents with old maps, the comics section of a newspaper, or in reusable gift bags.

And What about that great new gadget you got, don't just trash that old cell phone. Every Staples store offers a Mobile Devices Recycling program. Simply drop off your used cell phones, PDAs, pagers and rechargeable batteries for proper recycling.

Most Christmas trees come from farms but even so, nearly 10 million trees end up in the landfill each year. Many cities offer ways to turn your tree into mulch or wood chips. So go to www.earth911.org to find the tree-recycling program near you. I'm Jill Cordes.

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