Reduce your wasteline during the holidays

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“When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.”

I’ve been making a sincere effort to reduce the amount of “stuff” in my life – not only for peace of mind, but to help out the “green” movement in our country. Wasted paper is an environmental nightmare.

Since Thursday is “Use Less Stuff Day,” I’ve begun thinking about the upcoming holidays and how I can cut down on my wasteline.

Did you know…in 1981 the average household received 59 mail order catalogues, and by 1991 the number had increased 140%, to 142? By now it’s probably up to a half-gazillion.

Did you know…if each household canceled 10 mail-order catalogues it would reduce trash by 3.5 pounds per year? (If everybody did this, the stack of canceled catalogues would be 2,000 miles high!)

Did you know…if every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet? I’m good to go there since I never ever throw away a ribbon.

Did you know…the 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high? If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper. Why not send e-cards this year?

Here are a few suggestions:

wrap *Wrap gifts in old maps, newspapers, Sunday comics or fancy holiday gift bags. Kids’ art work is a perfect wrapping for presents to proud grandparents.

*Make the wrap a part of the gift: Putting cookies in a flower pot or hiding jewelry in a new pair of gloves will keep your gift under wraps and the “wrapping” out of the trash.

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