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Green Up Your Holidays: Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas and Supplies

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 As I sit here brainstorming about how to "Green Up Your Holidays," I can't help but think of how not eco-friendly the season can be: racing from mall to mall for the perfect gift, creating extravagent home light displays, and of course, the wrapping paper! A.K.A. Green (, a green home store in Scottsdale, has come up with some suggestions to help inspire environmental responsibility this holiday season.

  • Try LED Holiday Lights for indoors and out. They're energy-efficient, longer lasting, and sure beat the tangled mess of ancient strings of lights we have crammed in storage!
  • Grow-A-Note holiday cards are 100% recycled, printed with soy ink, and wow, have wildflower seeds embedded in them so you can actually plant these cards!
  • Xeko card games for kids teach children about the environment, endangered species, and exotic locales. They also have stuffed animal charcters made from soysilk.
  • Do something different. Give loved ones an adopted plot of rainforest (about $50 per acre,, or a picture frame made from recycled bike chains ( Just keep the earth in mind!
  • Check out for local green vendors that can help you green-up your home, your yard, and your life.

Green Presents

Need Ideas for New Year's Resolutions?

  • Paper, not plastic!  Plastic shopping bags are not recyclable in Tempe.  Plus, grocers like Sunflower Market will pay you to reuse paper bags. Or better yet, pick up a cloth shopping bag.
  • Go LED:  Pick up some LED lightbulbs at your next hardware shop stop. They are pretty inexpensive, long-lasting, and energy efficient.
  • Take cold showers... maybe when summer rolls around.
  • Grocery shopping?  Buy local and in season.  Flying exotic produce around the planet uses a lot of fossil fuels, so keep it national, or keep it very local.
  • Bus, bike, walk, carpool, or light-rail around town!  Visit for fare info, carpool matching services, schedules, and more!

Have a happy holiday season from all of us at The Walsh Team.

Comment balloon 2 commentsPatrick Walsh • December 18 2007 12:06PM


Thanks for the tips and reminders, afterall, green is one of the colors this season.
Posted by Mary Bowen, Real Estate At Its Finest!!! (Coldwell Banker United, Realtor) over 11 years ago
Great tips Patrick.  I really like the wilfolwer seeded cards.  Great idea.
Posted by Matthew Ricker (Keller Williams) over 11 years ago

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