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How to Save Money, Energy and the Environment this Holiday

Below is a guest post by Jared Hill, a Chicago based writer that specializes in technology, environment, energy, health and sports. Follow him on Twitter @JaredHill341

The Holidays might be the “most wonderful time of the year” as the song claims, but it can also be taxing on your wallet and the environment. The exorbitant costs and waste that are associated with this time of year can begin a crazy, wasteful cycle that can ruin the holidays and leave your bank account worse than empty.

Christmas recyclingThe good news is that the crazy holiday cycle can be broken. There are things that you can do in advance to prepare yourself, taking the pressure off of you, your wallet and the environment. There may not be much you can do about your odd relative coming to visit, but alleviate some of the tension from your wallet while being more environmentally friendly.

Read on for some things to trim costs this holiday season.

Make your own wrapping paper

This is a great project for children stuck in the house in the often gloomy days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have them color the comics from the newspaper, or make their own designs on a large sheet of white paper. Family members will love the outside of their gifts as much as they will the inside.

Take it a set further and prepare for next Christmas by making gift tags out of this years Christmas cards. Here’s 11 Creative Recycled Gift Wrap Ideas. Continue Reading

6 Adorable Pine Cone Crafts!

Pine cone crafts are fun and easy, great for kids, and pretty much free if you’re willing to collect any from around your neighborhood. They make simple home decor, ornaments, or whatever your fancy. It’s one thing to add a pine cone to your wreath (or making a whole wreath from just pine cones), but… Continue Reading

5 Packaging Tips for Less Waste

Sustainability is larger than recycling alone, and buying products that have packaging that can be recycled is a smart thing to do. Packaging and shipping items, particularly around the holidays, ends up producing a lot of waste. Packaging makes up approximately 30% by weight and 50% by volume of the typical waste that gets sent… Continue Reading

Fun Recycled Holiday Gifts for Computer Geeks

Help keep waste out of landfills by purchasing awesome recycled gifts! The perfect gift is not only really cool but environmentally responsible. E-waste is a global problem, but there are ways to become a small part of the solution. First of all, always dispose of old electronics responsibly. This usually means donating them or finding… Continue Reading