Going Green, Saving Green: Holiday Gifts And Decoration Ideas That Make A Difference

This holiday season, Americans can benefit from protecting
the earth and keeping cost in mind at the same time.  Studies show that a majority of consumers
will shop for “green” products this season and are looking for cost effective
ways to live in balance with the natural world.  

Highlighted below are just a handful of NWF naturalist David Mizejewski’s
last-minute holiday gift ideas:

  • "Plant-a-Tree"
    ornaments for your holiday tree. 
    For every ornament purchased for just $15 you will plant a tree in
    the name of your loved one.
  • Buy a
    live, potted holiday tree and make it family heirloom or donate it to a
    local school for planting. A single tree can absorb more than one
    ton of CO2.
  • LED
    holiday lights uses 10 times less energy than incandescent mini lights,
    100 times less energy than standard bulbs and they are much safer too.
  • Digital
    light timers can save big money.  Leaving
    lights on over night can send your energy costs through the roof and
    create unwanted pollution.
  • Rechargeable
    batteries save money. About 40% of all battery sales occur during the
    holiday season. Dead batteries can be a problem if not handled properly.
  • Give
    or make personalized shopping bags. 
    A little creativity can turn the beige Ho-Hum canvas bag into an
    inexpensive customized work of art to enjoy.
  • Magazines
    for Kids.  Promote good reading
    skills by giving the kids in your life a magazine subscription.
Published: December 9, 2008