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Posted on: December 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Reduce Your Impact This Holiday Season

Go green this holiday season to preserve our planet, save money and reduce stress!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of household garbage in the United States can increase by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. 

Granted, this Holiday season will be different for all of us, as we strive to keep ourselves and loved ones safe by staying with the people of our household. 

To help lessen your impact — and your stress level — we’re offering tips to go green during the holiday season:

  • Give experiences instead of stuff to reduce waste from production and packaging of goods. What’s more, experiences are often more memorable than stuff. You can schedule a family-wide virtual video call, a virtual musical performance, or a game. 
  • If you still prefer gifting items, prioritize items that are used or shop local #IssaquahLoyal. 
  • Plan ahead to cook only enough food for the people within your household to limit food waste and save money. Eat your leftovers and compost your inedible food scraps. Learn more tips and tricks with Issaquah’s Food: Too Good to Waste program
  • Replace a meat dish with one that’s plant based! Reducing meat, in addition to reducing how much food we throw away, is a simple and effective way to cut water use, land use, and greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Wrap gifts in recycled or reused paper. Get creative and use alternative gift wrapping, such as reused paper bags and pine tree branches, old calendars, newspaper or posters. 
  • Make your celebrations zero waste. Use reusable or compostable plates and cutlery. 
  • Walk and bike when possible.
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient LED holiday lights and recycle any old strands of lights. accepts old holiday lights for recycling via their mail-in program. 

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