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    10 Easy Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

    By Ronnie Citron-Fink
    December 13, 2012; 2:23 PM ET
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    The amount of extra waste generated during the holidays is astonishing. Studies reveal waste is increased by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Years. Here is a fabulous infographic that shows us what gets tossed and wasted each holiday season. Want to make a dent into reducing your holiday footprint? Here are 10 ways to reduce holiday waste:

    1. Reduce using paper and plastic shopping bags – Thousands of bags end up our landfills during the holidays. Reduce the number of bags by bringing reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Here’s a tutorial for making your own reusable bags.

    2. Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper – Save and recycle used wrapping paper or create your own from upcycled items. Here are 5 eco-friendly wrapping ideas.

    3. Send eCards or recycled-content greeting cards – Recycle paper cards and send electronic greeting cards to reduce paper waste. Here are my 5 reasons why people don’t recycle and 5 reasons they should and Care2’s eCard collection.

    4. Use rechargeable batteries or give a solar battery gift - About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials that end up in our landfills. Check out this cool solar backpack that recharges gadgets.

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