Holiday gift giving may warm hearts, but it generates a million tons of waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
To offset some of it, why not stuff those stockings with energy-efficient small appliances like kitchen aids and grooming devices? Look for the Energy Star label on TVs, DVD players and computers. It guarantees that the appliance you’re buying is energy-efficient.
If you’re buying a battery-powered present, include rechargeable batteries. If the gift requires standard batteries, let the recipient know where to recycle them.
Give your time instead of a department store item. Offer to baby sit, work in the yard or cook dinner. Loved ones will be touched by your consideration, and it can save you money and energy.
Lastly, wrap your gifts in reusable bags and yesterday’s newspaper. Glam them up a bit with hand-drawn greetings. The paper can later be used as packing material.