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Happy Holidays to all Comrades!
It’s a time of celebration, thanksgiving and togetherness. Parties,
presents, food and a whole lot of fun await us this holiday season. But
let’s not forget, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, our
commitment to the environment. Here are some holiday tips to make your
this time of year merrier and greener:
1. Recycled Materials
The world is slowly getting more environmentally aware and more and more
manufacturers turn to recycled materials when making their products.
From the Holidays cards you send out, to the wrapping paper on your
presents, to the presents themselves, numerous products in the market
are now made from recycled materials, perfect for a truly green
2. Don’t buy too much
Moderation is the key to a good life, as ancient Greek philosopher
Epicurus said. With all the parties and special gatherings during this
time of year, it is easy to get carried away with all the shopping. When
planning your own home gathering or buying presents for loved ones, sit
down and make a list of all the things you need and make a commitment
to stick to your list. Purchase only what is enough and nothing more.
Resources are scarce and we can all help by wising up about our
3. Energy Awareness
Nothing says holidays like the twinkling of hundreds of tiny lights
and the sound of holiday music in the air. The key to saving energy, is
to remember that little things add up to a lot. For example, cutting
back on the number of hours your decorative lights are on will really
rack up great savings for you. Maintain a schedule and let the whole
family know about it so everyone can pitch in on the effort.
Be creative! There are so many ways to go green for the holidays. Avoid
the disposable cups, eating utensils and plates. Host a potluck dinner
party instead of just one person doing all the cooking. Make your own
wrapping paper using magazines and newspapers. Consider giving gifts
that don’t require wrapping. Have reusable bags for shopping instead of
plastic ones. The list is endless; you just have to open your eyes and
5. Personalize it
This is a great idea for families: make your own presents! Homemade
crafts and cards carry so much more meaning than store-bought gifts.
Make a family post card that you can send to all your loved ones. Or
record a season’s greetings video that your family can post on YouTube
or Social Networking site like Facebook. It is personal, thoughtful and
you can go paperless if you do it online!
Your ISB family wishes you a very happy holiday season!