Your Green Life: "Green Gift"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, you are living in the right place.

But for one Northland family, their visions looked greener this year as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in "Your Green Life."

Plastic bags are an environmental plague because you can’t recycle them.

Although some people store them for reuse…

“With a family of four, we come home with a lot of grocery bags.. or Target bags," said Chris Waller of Duluth.

Millions still end up in the landfills each year.

The Waller family decided to take action, and thought the Holiday Season was a time they could spread the cheer of reusable canvas bags.

“It was only a couple of weeks before Christmas, and I could make some for a few relatives. My daughter Avery here colored on some of the ones that we gave to relatives," said Waller.

You can find reusable bags by the check-out counter at many stores, but for a mother with a cart full of groceries, she needed something bigger.

“The trip to the grocery store is 8 paper bags… so if I made really big ones, with long handles, I could just throw them over my shoulder and have free hands," added Waller.

There are many ways you can be greener this Holiday season, and you can add to the list with a little imagination.

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northlands NewsCenter.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recommends a few great ways to enjoy the holidays and cut global warming pollution:

Do your online and catalog shopping early and you’ll be able to request ground shipment — six times more efficient than overnight air shipping.

Buy LED holiday lights, which use about 90 percent less energy than conventional lights.

When giving gift appliances, make sure they’re Energy Star.

Look for food products that come in reusable or recyclable packaging and wrap your presents in recycled paper.

Send holiday greetings by e-mail, not U.S. mail.