New Brunswickers Encouraged to Think Green This Christmas
Making environmentally friendly choices this holiday season can help combat climate change and keep New Brunswick's air, land and water clean.
Environment and Local Government says, whether buying gifts or preparing for a holiday party, New Brunswickers can be kind to the environment by following these tips:
- Buy a real Christmas tree. It can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, and the purchase also supports local businesses or non-profit organizations.
- Choose “green” gifts or donate to an environmental cause in lieu of a gift.
- Purchase energy-efficient electronics; look for the Energy Star logo or EnerGuide label.
- Reuse wrapping paper or gift bags, or use newspaper or recycled paper to wrap gifts since most commercial wrapping paper cannot be recycled.
- Reduce waste by sending greeting cards electronically, or choose cards printed on recycled paper.
- Buy gifts with less packaging, and recycle when possible.
- Donate to a local charity or non-profit group in the recipient's name, or give the gift of time by helping a neighbour shovel snow or helping with household chores or repairs.
- Choose energy-efficient holiday lights, and put them on timers to reduce electricity costs.
- Carpool or take public transit to holiday parties. If you have to fly over the holidays, consider purchasing carbon offsets.
- Plan your grocery purchases to avoid excessive food waste.
- Take along reusable bags when shopping.
The amount of waste generated increases significantly over the holiday season. New Brunswickers are encouraged to make a difference through environmentally sound choices.