12 Ways to Green Your Holiday Season

Aluminum Recycling Facts

Wear Your Music: Recycled Guitar String Jewelry

Yellow Pages Go Green: Manage Home Delivery Options

Butterz by Scrubz

nature conserve

friendship bag

12 Ways to Green Your
Holiday Season

1. Treecycling: Christmas trees can be re-purposed into mulch and used in gardening and landscaping or chipped and used on hiking trails and paths. Christmas trees can also been used for erosion control, soil stabilization and shoreline maintenance. When used in this manner, the trees not only stabilize the soil, but also provide habitats for fish and birds.

2. Scrap the Traditional Wrap: Wrap holiday gifts with children’s artwork or a colorful section of your local newspaper. Some beautiful remnant fabric or what was once a “must have” scarf would make cheerful holiday gift wrapping.

3. Light up the Night with LED Lights: Energy-saving LED lights burn brighter, last longer, and save you money.

4. Green Greetings: sending e-cards—saves time, money and the planet. When the holidays are over, why not turn some of those beautiful greeting cards you received into gift tags for next year? Start by separating the front of the prettiest holiday cards from the back. Trim the edges of the front, following the design of the card, to create a festive gift tag.

5. Give Back: give a gift that makes a difference—changing a life or saving a life. Donate to a local or favorite charity in a friend’s name.

6. Decorate with Nature: create a beautiful holiday wreath using gifts from nature. Collect pinecones, twigs, branches adorned with berries and more from your own backyard, use wire to create the round wreath shape, and decorate with festive ribbons. A great, and green, family project.

7. Shop local: walk into town to do your holiday shopping. Neighborhood shops offer festive and unique holiday gifts—no more gas-guzzling spins around the mall parking lot looking for a parking spot.

8. Use Wrapping for Scrapping: Use holiday-themed wrapping from gifts that you receive for festive scrapbooking page borders. Ribbons, bows and embellishments will also help to create lively holiday memory keepsakes.

9. Give Battery-Free Toys: battery sales spike during the holiday season and these batteries can end up in landfills. Art sets and craft projects provide inspiration and feed imagination.

10. Serve Organic and Locally Sourced Meals: visit local farmers markets to shop for your holiday menu. Locally made jellies and jams also make great gifts.

11. Teach Kids About Giving: after all the new gifts have been opened, ask kids to select a toy they no longer play with and have them donate it to a children’s hospital or child care center. What was old will now seem new again to a child this holiday season.

12. Remember Those in Need: Clean out your closets and donate gently used clothes and coats to local thrift shops and shelters.

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Aluminum Recycling Facts

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Wear Your Music
Recycled Guitar String Jewelry

Wear Your Music is offering fans of everyone from Avril Lavigne to Ziggy Marley a chance to take home a piece of rock and roll history, while supporting charities such as Unicef, Rock the Vote and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The New York-based group creates 100% eco-friendly jewelry that rocks—literally, turning used guitar strings from artists spanning the musical spectrum into stylish bracelets, which are sold with a certificate of authenticity. “These are strings that these musicians have used and would normally throw away,” said co-president and designer Hannah Garrison. “It’s great that we can recycle them and also offer people a chance to wear rock and roll on their wrists.” In addition, the fine silver used on each bracelet and the DVD case packaging for each bracelet is 100% recycled as well. Each bracelet comes with a certificate of authenticity. 100% of the profits are funneled back to each musician’s charity of choice, many of which are environmental non-profit groups.

The bangle-style bracelets, crafted from guitar strings donated by over 150 artists, include rock luminaries Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, and Pete Townshend, as well as members of Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Metallica, Phish, The Allman Brothers Band, Death Cab for Cutie, and Social Distortion. The most recent donors include Marley, Jack Johnson, Carrie Underwood, Zakk Wylde, and Ani DiFranco.

“Supporting good causes and the environment have always been important, but even more so now,” says Garrison. To view complete lists of available bracelets and participating charities, visit: www.WearYourMusic.org.

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Yellow Pages Go Green
Manage Home Delivery Options

www.YellowPagesOptOut.com helps consumers choose which print directories they want delivered to their door steps.

“We want to give consumers a choice on how they access our local business information, whether it’s through print directories, internet Yellow Pages, mobile apps, or search engines,” said Neg Norton, president, Yellow Pages Association. “YellowPagesOptOut.com makes it simple for consumers to find information about managing home delivery of print directories.”

YellowPagesOptOut.com aggregates delivery information for Yellow Pages publishers in one place, making consumer choice simple, secure and effective. Users type in their zip code and receive a list of local publishers with the appropriate steps to stop delivery or adjust the number of directory products they receive.

Because some consumers receive directories from more than one publisher, a critical feature of YellowPagesOptOut.com is the freedom for consumers to truly customize delivery. With YellowPagesOptOut.com, consumers can decide to continue receiving all directory products available in their area, keep some but not others, or stop all directory deliveries.

“Research shows that the vast majority want to keep at least one print directory in their home – no surprise since consumers reference print directories more than 12 billion times per year,” said Larry Angove, president and CEO, Association of Directory Publishers. “YellowPagesOptOut.com is all about choice. Consumers can review the list of publishers in their area and determine which products they want to receive.”

A number of third-party Web sites not affiliated with Yellow Pages or telephone companies offer to add consumers to do not deliver lists on their behalf. “We are asking consumers to use caution when providing personal information to third-party websites,” Angove said. “It’s best if consumers work directly with the publishers that deliver to them, and YellowPagesOptOut.com is an easy starting point for that process.”

The industry’s two leading associations, the Yellow Pages Association and the Association of Directory Publishers, joined together to announce the new website, www.YellowPagesOptOut.com which will be managed by the Yellow Pages Association. Working with members of both associations will ensure information on the site is up to date.

Yellow Pages companies are transforming from directory publishers to central players in the fast-growing local search industry, helping connect small businesses with consumers who are most ready to make a purchase. “Our local data is available in a number of ways, including print phone books, internet Yellow Pages, Google, and Yahoo! Local, for example.” Norton said. “Whatever way consumers choose to find a local business, chances are the last mile of the search was supported by Yellow Pages, whether the consumer knows it or not.”

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Butterz by Scrubz
All Natural Skin Care Products

Pure luxury and a guaranteed hit for the upcoming holiday season…the folks at Scrubz whip a special blend of natural oils with pure shea butter for a silky oh-so-nourishing skin cream. A little goes a long way and one 4 oz. jar will work all winter long softening the season’s driest skin. A great buy at just $18 for a 4 oz. jar, you can select from the following:

Breezes: This clean towel fresh and spa-like scent is cool, crisp and sweet.

Citrus Burst: Sweet, tart Pink Grapefruit is combined with tangy Bergamot to create this incredibly great new citrus scent.

Lavender: This is a sweet, pungent, floral aroma and is one of the most loved scents.

Natural: For those who wish for no scent, or who might have fragrance sensitivities. Pear

Vanilla: Warm toasty vanilla is blended with sweet, crisp pear for this delightful fragrance treat.

Sweet Milk & Honey: Think of creamy milk, luscious honey and a hint of oatmeal for a soft sweet scent.

Visit www.scrubzbodyscrub.com for more information on these and many other great holiday gift ideas.

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