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The holidays are my favorite time of year: family, food, gifts, decorations, the crisp weather…I could go on and on! However, the holidays are also a time where we consume a lot of energy! This year I’m making an effort to reduce our family’s impact on the environment with these three steps for a greener holiday season.
Three Steps for a Greener Holiday Season:
Reduce paper waste — At the end of our gift exchange every year we usually fill up at least two garbage bags full of paper trash from used wrapping supplies. This year I’ve been brainstorming ideas to cut back on our waste by using upcycled materials and skipping buying ribbons and bows altogether. These homemade wrapping papers are a fun activity to do with the kids, save money, and help reduce the environmental impact of your gift exchange:
Conserve Energy — It takes a lot of energy (and money!) to keep a house warm in the cold winter months! To reduce our environmental impact and our gas bill, I made sure that our house was sealed properly to keep cold air out and warm air in. Foam trim tape only costs a few dollars and is very easy to install (it took me less than 20 minutes to do all three of our doors). This made a big difference, because our home is an older home, so the previous seal had worn away. No more drafts, wasted heat, and wasted money!
Recycle — We collect cardboard boxes from gifts received and take them to our local recycling drop box. We also switched to new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ — the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries. The girls (and even Daddy) always get toys that require LOTS of batteries, so it is awesome to be able to stock up and make a positive choice for our planet at the same time.
Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ Batteries are available at Walmart — we found them in the electronics department near the cameras — AND they are comparable in price to regular batteries. So why not pick the batteries that are designed to do a little good for our planet?
This year, when you’re getting ready for the holidays and powering up all your family’s new toys and gadgets, go greener with Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ Batteries. Every little bit adds up, and by 2025, Energizer’s goal is to increase the percentage of recycled battery material to 40%!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m going greener for the holiday season, I’d love to hear your ideas! What is your biggest battery-eater and where would you switch out your regular batteries with Energizer® EcoAdvanced™?