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Green Holiday Tips

Quinte Conservation has seven great tips to make your holiday celebrations easier on the environment this year.

1. If you're cooking and having company over, chances are you can get away with lowering the heat in your house, the body warmth and heat from the oven will help compensate.

2. Use a real tree – then recycle it after Christmas! Though it may feel sad to cut down a tree for the holidays, consider that most Christmas trees are grown exclusively for this purpose so you're not contributing to deforestation, and after it can be shredded and turned into mulch. Plastic trees, in contrast, require petroleum to make, and then can't be recycled easily when you're through with them.

3. Shop locally, you’ll find items that haven’t traveled thousands of miles. This will reduce your carbon footprint and support local businesses. You will also “spare the air” by not driving long distances.

4. Buy gifts that do not require batteries. Every year thousands of batteries are bought during the holidays. Old batteries are an environmental hazard and fill up landfills.

5. Save some paper by using last year’s cards to make gift tags.

6. Food wastage can also be a challenge during the holidays – instead of throwing scraps, leftovers and peelings into your bin, dig them into your garden or better still, buy yourself a worm farm this Christmas and use the vegetable refuse to help you start feeding them.

7. Adopt an Acre of Quinte Conservation land for someone special on your gift list. These are great “stocking stuffers” or gifts for teachers and coaches. For just $20.00 you can assist in the preservation of local conservation lands. You can Adopt An Acre online or by calling the office at (613) 968-3434.

Quinte Conservation is a community based environmental protection agency that serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost effective environmental expertise and leadership that develops and delivers programs to ensure the healthy coexistence between the community, the environment and its economy.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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