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Holiday Giving: Naughty vs. Nice

Holiday Giving: Naughty vs. Nice

Naughty or nice sign with seasonal decorations (light bulb, pine cones, snow) surrounding itIt's that time of year! The askHRgreen.org elves have been making a list and checking it twice, to see who is naughty or nice when it comes to eco-friendly holiday packaging. Every bit you do, from shopping with reusable totes to using gift wrap and containers of your own creation contributes to a healthy Hampton Roads community. To celebrate a holiday season that is both bright and eco-friendly, check out the askHRgreen.org checklist of what packaging materials are recyclable and what's not-and have a fun, green season ahead!

Naughty. Not recyclable: Greeting cards with glitter or metallic accents, gift wrap and gift bags made of foil or plastic, ribbons and bows, plastic packaging encasing toys/products, tissue paper, wrapping paper with glitter.

Nice! These items can be recycled: Paper greeting cards and envelopes, paper gift bags, plain wrapping paper (without glitter or foil), cardboard shipping boxes.

Good to do, always:

  • Keep reusable shopping bags in your car, so you don't forget them!
  • As a gift alternative, make a donation in honor of a loved one.
  • Send e-cards and e-vites rather than paper cards.
  • Avoid paper/plastic by using your own dinnerware, cups, and utensils when entertaining.
  • If you give electronic gifts, include rechargeable batteries.
  • Repurpose your naturally-grown Christmas tree by placing it in a quiet corner of your yard after the holidays; the birds will love it. Or, place it curbside for recycling according to your locality guidelines.