Beth Lavoie – President
I struggled a bit to come up with this month’s topic. Last year I talked about the stress of the holidays, and though I definitely foresee stress creeping in again this year, I wanted to talk about something different. A colleague of mine came up with the perfect suggestion… “going green” during the holiday season! As any curious engineer might do, I Googled and hopped onto the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) website. I looked over the suggestions for those of us who want to show our holiday spirit and go green!
Here are few EPA suggestions that I liked:
- Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up in landfills every year. Tell store clerks you don’t need a bag for small or oversized purchases. (President’s tip: I have started using reusable bags at just the grocery store and I’m amazed by the number of plastic bags I no longer have to find a spot for in my closet!)
- About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away, and can save money in the long run.
- Approximately 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in North America every year. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. Check with your community solid waste department and find out if they collect and mulch trees. Your town might be able to use chippings from mulched trees for hiking trails and beachfront erosion barriers.
- If you want to look into all their suggestions and other green approaches for the winter season check out: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/hi-winter.htm
I hope these few suggestions help you to start thinking GREEN this holiday season!
Wishing you a season of merriment and holiday celebration and a Happy New Year… with a sprinkling of green!