Green Gifting

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

You've heard of going green to help protect the environment, but there are also ways to buy green gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.

Staunton resident Jenny McNee says she supports local vendors.

She says, "I think shopping downtown is great because we're not spending money on fuel. We live nearby so we like walking and supporting local business is really important to us."

Most items from large retailers are mass produced and have to be shipped all over the country. So instead of buying from a large retailer, think about picking up a holiday gift from a local vendor that's made close to home and cuts down on pollution.

According to treehugger.com, other green gifts include sharing a piece of yourself by offering to baby-sit for a friend instead of buying them a present. Make a gift of service, support local services by giving a friend a gift certificate to a massage or haircut. To make a gift of green service, provide a bus pass to a friend who uses public transportation.

When you do buy presents, keep in mind the amount of paper you use to wrap them and think of ways to re-use that paper instead of throwing it out.

Holiday shopper Sarah Tranum says, "My parents have always done that. We've always been very into re-using our wrapping paper and using the comics or something so you get something entertaining to read and you get a fun present."

Instead of putting the gifts under a tree that was cut down, look into getting a live Christmas tree, which you can purchase with the roots intact and that is meant to be replanted in your backyard after the holidays. Tranum's husband, Michael, likes a live tree.

He says, "I like the idea of the live Christmas tree simply, because you can plant them in the backyard if you can get them to grow."

Some stores are also selling LED Christmas lights, which use less energy than regular lights and will save you some cash. The city of Waynesboro put LED lights on their Christmas tree for the first time last year and they say the lights were a great investment.


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