Giving Back, The Good Life

Green Christmas, pt. 1

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Never mind a white Christmas. This year, the ideal holiday is definitely coloured green. Even the world-famous tree in New York’s Rockefeller Centre is eco-friendly, with solar panels helping to light it up. A few small changes in your decorating and gift-giving habits can reduce the amount of trash that will end up in landfills, and save both energy and money. Marion Heintzman created the eco-friendly Christmas display for the sutainable condo at Exhibition Place. (visit www.explace.on.ca for info)

“Most importantly, change your lights to LED – your consumption rates will go right down by 85%. Last they came out with them, and the white looked blue and it was very cold looking…a lot of people weren’t happy with the white lights that came out, and now there’s a warm white light that you can now get. I used potted trees with root balls…so this means that when the holiday season is over in the spring, we can plant that tree. That way we’re not cutting any trees down, and obviously we’re creating more green space in our living environments. You may have to go to a smaller tree, because if you want the large tree, they do get a little heavy with the root balls, so we did have to go to a smaller tree.”

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