Green up your holidays!

December 19, 2013

 It’s the holidays – time for big spending, perhaps a little overindulging and definitely a lot of wastefulness if we aren’t careful.


Here are a few do-good ideas for holiday gifting

While you’re making a list and checking it twice, why not give gifts that give twice? Charitable giving can can do a world of good! Keep your gift local by making a donation to your local food bank or homeless shelter in your recipient’s name. Support education during the holidays by donating books or supplies in a friend’s or your child’s name to a local school or library. Make your holiday meals with as many locally grown and/or organic foods as possible! If you’re giving or receiving new electronics this year, be sure to recycle or donate old ones! Check out for more info. How do you reduce waste? Gift reusable bags. Purchase recycled paper gift wrap. Reuse holiday cards into nifty gift tags. Wrap with newsprint, paper bags or old maps! Gift wrap with recycled paper or a scarf. Reuse a gift bag, even if it’s NOT a holiday bag! Give the gift of time to someone you care about. Conversation shared over lunch or a visit to a museum are always great gifts.


Some waste facts that may surprise you

If each American household wrapped just three gifts in reused materials, enough paper would be saved to cover 45,000 football fields. Join with NC GreenPower this holiday season and pledge to cut back on waste. You can also go online and offset your holiday lights through our My NC GreenPower fundraising campaign!

As we approach the end of the year, we ask that you please consider making a one-time or monthly donation online, or give to NC GreenPower on behalf of a loved one using our gift cards. While shopping online, you can also connect with GoodSearch, and they will donate a portion of your purchase to us on your behalf!