"Greening Up Your Holidays"

By KBJR News 1

December 16, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM CDT

There's not much time left to finish your holiday gift buying.

But despite all the hustle and bustle there's always time to think green for the season.
In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson shows us how to think about the environment when you're out shopping.

You make thousands of choices when buying gifts for your family and friends. You decide what's best for whomever you're buying for...but do you think about what's best for the environment. If you want to make that part of the equation think about how much packaging comes with each choice.
The majority of that packaging will probably end up in a landfill. If the gift comes with a lot of packaging think about which parts can be recycled.

"Obviously the cardboard box that items come in. The wrapping paper we can recycle that this year", said Dan Hartel, President of Hartels DBJ.

Hartels DBJ has worked with area vendors to recycle used wrapping paper turning it into material for ceiling tiles.
But there are some materials which are not meant to go in the recycling bin.

We all know about this hard plastic; it's hard to open and it's also hard on the environment. Instead, try getting a product that uses less packaging.
It's a good idea, also, to take a little time to look for packaging that's 100 percent biodegradable...and buying items made in the Northland is also an easy way to live green this holiday season.

"There is a lot more than you think that is available. A lot of the times it a matter of reading the label or asking questions when you shop", said Ken Weyenberg from Explorations in Duluth.

By shopping carefully you may be able to cut your waste in half this holiday season. In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands Newscenter.

Saving bows and gift bags to re–use is also a smart and easy way to cut your waste over the holidays.