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Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Holidays

huntingforachristmastree‘Tis the season to be kind to the environment. Instead of faux Christmas trees, energy-draining light displays and gifts wrapped in eight layers of paper, celebrate the season by making a few eco-friendly changes to your holiday celebrations.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips for a green Christmas.

Go online to check the proofs of your holiday card photos

Sending cards with family photos is a great way to spread holiday cheer – and much more personal than store-bought cards. Instead of having the store print a copy of your photo proof, check it online. Proofing your holiday greetings electronically will help cut down on the use of chemical inks and heavy-duty photo paper. Once you’ve picked the photo for your holiday cards, only order as many cards as you plan to send to eliminate waste.

Order LED holiday lights

Turn your home into one of the most festive and eco-friendly on the block with LED holiday lights. Most retailers stock energy-efficient holiday lights made with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, that are 90 percent more efficient than traditional Christmas lights and last longer – up to 10,000 hours compared with 5,000 hours for incandescent bulbs.

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