Are you dreaming of a “green” Christmas this year?
Green as eco-friendly that is! Make energy–efficient choices this season that will bring great news to the planet and your wallet!
Here’s a stocking full of great green tips to help you go green this holiday season!
1. Go LED this holiday season!
LED lights have a long life (30,000 to 50,000 hours) and unlike CFL’s and other fluorescents lights they do not use mercury vapour, usimg 80% less energy. Do not forget to recycle your old lights and set your outdoor lights on a timer to come on at 7 p.m. and turn off at midnight! The BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre is fully decorated for the season! Take a look at the Chateau Granville Christmas tree in our lobby decorated with LED lights!
2. Replace your batteries with rechargeable ones!
About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts. Newer models can charge in as little as 20 minutes! Rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away, and can save money in the long run.
3. Bring your own bag!
It’s the peak of the holiday shopping season. It is key to bring along your own bags to reduce the usage of plastic. We recommend that you refuse all tissue paper, ribbons and stickers that retailers so often include with your purchase around the holidays.
4. Stop Junk Mail
With the holidays comes the influx of unwanted junk mail as many retailers are looking to attract holiday shoppers to buy, buy, buy! Be sure to call the 1-800 number which should be located on the advertising material and ask to be removed from their mailing list to prevent any future junk mail. A simple and easy tip to go green this holiday season.
5. Wrap it eco-style
Get creative this year and choose a reusable alternative wrapping such as comics, posters, maps, blueprints or calendars all of which as recyclable material! Using fabric, reusable paper or a cloth gift bags can also prove to be an eco-friendly option. Make sure you choose holiday cards that can be recycled and do not contain foil or ribbon or other embellishments. Why not give the trees a break this holiday season and try out e-cards this year.
There you have it! Our favourite pick of the top 5 tips to go green this holiday season!
Make “green” holiday choices when you are shopping, travelling, sending cards, decorating this year. Let us know how you are saving energy and protecting the environment both now and for the future!
Happy Green Holidays!