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Celebrate the Environment: Remember Mother Earth this Holiday Season

Release Date: 11/18/2008
Contact Information: Dale Kemery – 202-564-4355 / kemery.dale@epa.gov

(11/18/08) Mother Earth has worked up a holiday list this year. It includes recycling leftover wrapping paper, giving energy-efficient gadgets and finding a better way to grandmother’s house.

From getting there to getting rid of the extra trash, there are many ways Americans can celebrate both the holidays and the environment. In cooperation with Mother Earth, EPA is providing a few tips for this holiday shopping season:

    • Travel efficiently: Map your shopping route to make a number of stops in one trip instead of one stop in a number of trips. Take public transportation, or hitch a ride with a friend or family member.
    • Shop for green decorations and gifts: Give gifts and decorate your house with electronics that have earned the Energy Star rating, unplug your gifts and decorations when not in use, and choose gifts that have less packaging.
    • Extend the useful life of gifts: Before tossing the old to make room for the new, check to see if you can donate it, reuse it, or recycle it.

Check www.epa.gov to find out how you can give a gift to Mother Earth this holiday season. To see how others are being green this holiday season and to let us know what you’re doing, please visit: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/18/celebrate-the-environment-shopping/.