Take Care of Texas this Holiday Season!
While the holiday season may be a time for family, food, and celebration, it is also a time when Texans generate a tremendous amount of waste. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, we produce approximately 25 percent more trash. Don't worry; the following is a list of trouble-free ways you can reduce your amount of waste and energy consumption:
- Consider gifts that require less packaging.
- Reuse or recycle wrapping paper and gift bags.
- Take reusable cloth bags for holiday shopping.
- Send recycled-content or electronic greeting cards.
- Turn down the heat before guests arrive for your holiday party.
- Compost leftover food scraps.
- Use cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware.
- Recycle your live Christmas tree or buy a potted Christmas tree and plant it after the holidays.
- Donate or recycle your old computer or television if you get new ones. Learn how at TexasRecyclesComputers.org and TexasRecyclesTVs.org.
- Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts.
- Use energy-efficient strings of light-emitting diode (LED) holiday lights.
- Look for Energy Star ratings for electronic gifts.
For more tips and environmentally friendly practices, visit TakeCareOfTexas.org. Make your number one resolution in 2014 to Take Care of Texas!