6 Ways to Not be a “Green Grinch” this Holiday Season

12-19-2011 9:54 AM

Today’s blog post comes from Mary Kay’s Pink Doing Green team. Employees from a variety of departments make up the Pink Doing Green team. The team focuses on seeking opportunities to improve Mary Kay’s environmental performance and continuously strives to find ways to be even more sustainable and green.

1. Seek out eco-friendly gifts. Everything from fair trade coffee to recycled jewelry. Get creative. Many non-profits and organizations have special programs aimed at holiday shoppers. Be sure to think about how your gift could make a difference.  Check out this article on 11 ways to give without giving stuff. http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/alternative-gifts#fbIndex1

2. You’ll be mailing gifts and hopefully receiving some, too. Remember to recycle boxes and packaging peanuts. Even better… use the bio peanuts from your Mary Kay product orders instead of traditional packing peanuts. They dissolve in water and can go right down the drain. Plus, you can put them in your compost pile.

3. Reduce your consumption.  Did you know that not all wrapping paper is recyclable? Wrap your gift in newspaper, fabric or other materials you already have. The recipient of your gift will appreciate the thought and the creativity.

4. Your energy bill could soar from all of those beautiful holiday lights. Be sure to look at green options as you decorate. LED holiday lights use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights.

5. Each year, 10 million Christmas trees end up in the landfill. Did you know that you can recycle your tree? Visit www.earth911.org to find the tree-recycling program near you.

6. Getting a new cell phone, computer or TV for the holidays? You can recycle the old ones. Recycling electronics prevents hazardous elements like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills.  Many large electronic stores will take your old TV and computer. Plus, many companies and organizations will take old cell phones for recycling including The Mary Kay Foundation.  Click here for more details on The Mary Kay Foundation’s cell phone recycling program.

Hope these tips added a little green to your holidays. Happy Holidays from the Pink Doing Green team!