The holidays are here and the air is brimming with excitement. Shops are buzzing with busy shoppers, rushing to get those last-minute gifts. For those of us who are already overwhelmed with the accumulation of stuff in our homes, something that doesn’t occupy any space would be great. You know all the usual picks…gift cards, a night out on the town for a lucky couple, a cruise to Alaska (yes, I think big).
How about planting a tree?
Retale has teamed up with the Arbor Tree Foundation in a global effort to reduce the use of paper.
With their Green Gestures initiative, Retale has promised to plant a tree simply because I’m helping spread the word. Every little step helps to make our world a better place for our children. Do your part.
Slim Down! Put your mailbox on a diet – Opt out of receiving paper phonebooks, junk mail and credit card applications. Now, isn’t that nice?
Switch off! Turn the lights off if you are not in the room, something both Mom and Dad used to say all the time when we were kids. Set the thermostat in your home to the low 70’s.
Recycle! Commit to recycling paper and plastic products. Look for the triangle logo embossed on the bottom of plastic containers and toss those into the blue bin instead of the trash.
Repurpose! Reuse! Be creative and reuse whatever you can. I’m shameless – I’ve repurposed burlap rice bags as shopping bags. Being eco-conscious is most fashionable, Dahlink.
Get an Oil Change! Did you know that both the old oil and filter are recyclable?
Shop Conscious! Support businesses that are eco-conscious. Cost Plus World Market is my favourite place for furniture, because the lumber used to build much of their products comes from sustainable forests.
Look for the sticker under the table, chair, etc.
Get Your Hands Dirty! Plant a tree. Offer a new home to neighbourhood birds, bees, butterflies. But, if you’re worried about your fresh manicure, donate a dollar.
Spend a Dollar! The Nature Conservancy will plant a tree for every dollar you donate. This would be the coolest Christmas gift ever.
Talk, Tweet, Type! Give a shout-out. Help spread the word. If you have a blog, join the Green Gestures campaign.
It’s really easy to reduce your carbon footprint. You can sleep better at night, knowing you are doing your part to help keep the snow caps intact for the penguins and polar bears, the trees thriving to support woodland creatures, and the air fresh and clean for our babies and our babies’ babies.
That’s the legacy I choose.