The holidays may bring inherent excess, but you can celebrate and keep your eco-friendly values intact. Mindy Pennybacker, author of "Do One Green Thing" and editor of GreenerPenny.com, offers three simple ways to green your season.
Q: I have to ship a lot of holiday presents to my family. How can I do it less wastefully?
A:The best thing is to order and send gifts early, ideally at least six weeks in advance. Last-minute air delivery burns more fossil fuels than boats or trucks and releases the most global-warming CO2.
A better choice is a lightweight gift or one that requires no shipping at all (such as theater, concert, or sports tickets held at a will-call window).
It can also be greener to buy in your gift recipients' locales. As you make your list, ask your far-flung family members about their favorite stores and order from there (which also makes returns simpler).
If several recipients live in the same town, send a batch of gifts from the same merchant, whichRead More »from 3 Ways to Start the Season on a More Sustainable Foot