By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Are you dreaming of a “green” Christmas?READ MORE: Bucks County Police Officer Among 4 Men Arrested For Attempting To Lure Child For Sex In Atlantic City: Officials
We talked to an expert to get some pointers on how to make the holiday season more eco-friendly.
Avital Andrews, lifestyle editor of the Sierra Club magazine, says the idea is to conserve resources but still be festive.
Among the major questions, she says, is, “Real tree or fake tree? So, one of the big things that you can do to go ‘green’ over the holidays is to go with a real tree. And it sounds a little counterintuitive because you hear us greenies tell you all the time, ‘reusable this, reusable that.’ ”
But she says a real tree is… well, real. She points out that it may have been grown on a farm, capturing CO2 and supporting agriculture, “whereas the fake tree was very likely manufactured in a factory in China using a lot of PVC and lead, which are all known to be toxic chemicals.”READ MORE: Luis Rodriguez Arrested In Murder Of 13-Year-Old Girl In Frankford, Police Say
Andrews says the holiday season generates 25 percent more waste on average, a lot of it greeting cards and gift wrap.
That’s an additional one million tons of trash per week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
So, what’s the alternative to wrapping paper that ends up in the trash?
“There are a bunch of cute, reusable shopping bags. All you got to do is stick the gift in there, tie a ribbon on it, and you’ve given two gifts!”MORE NEWS: 'The World Needs More Toms': Friends, Coworkers Remember Tom Royds, Firefighter Killed In Schuylkill Crash