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While this may not go over well with kids and teenagers, consider the option for those who are less materially inclined. Tickets to a concert or play, or a gift certificate for a massage or guitar lessons cuts down on wasteful packaging and gives the receiver something to look forward to.     </p> <h2>Sustainable Decorations</h2> <p>Festive? Yes. Sustainable? Not really. But decking the halls doesn’t have to mean wasting energy. You can maintain tradition while remaining eco-friendly.    </p> <h3>Get the Real Dirt on Fake Trees</h3> <p>The pros and cons on both sides of the Christmas tree debate are endless. However, from an environmental standpoint, a real tree is the more sustainable option. Although they require care during their eight to 12 year growing period, real trees also benefit the environment during that time by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. </p> <p>Real trees are compostable, unlike fake trees, which are often made of metal and a harmful lead-producing plastic called PVC. The production and shipment—mostly from overseas—of fake trees is usually more energy-intensive than the delivery of real ones.</p> <y/h3> <p>Eco-friendly LED mini-lights are great for decorating trees and homes alike. Try solar-powered strings andsotlightsts for outdoor decorating, and miniminimizeze your lights ddisplay thiss year. Donn’t’t forget to turn off offyour lights before you go to bed, or remember er to set your tree aand house lights to timers that automaticalllly switcwitch them off at a certain time every ght.< <3>Send Virtal Holiday Cady Cards<3> <nd posttag Paperless invitations and holiday greeting cards are less time-ie-consuming and nd are great energyat enerenergy-y-savers. Some e-card companies even allow you to design a virtal eenvelope to authenticate the experience. <is o one tradition you can’t let go of, make new greetings from old holiday cards. Simply cut out the front of the cards and write on the back like a postcard. </p> <h2>Sustainable Feasts<p>As the culmination of the day’s festivities,the holiday meal is more than just dinner. It’s a chance to gather together with loved ones you may not see very often and share good food with good company. Plan est this year that will not only sustastain you and your guests, but also the enviroment.    sp;  <> <h3>Think Glo Globally, Act Locally<p>Crops and livestock not grown in your area require an incredible amount of energy to make it to your plate. While shopping for your holiday meal, take the “100 Mile Chalnge,” and try ry to get get all your pour produce from e from sources locaterces located within a 100-mile radius. </p> <p>Keep an eye out for “locally grown” signs in your grocery store and frequent farmers markets, where you’ll likely have a choice of fresh local produce, beef, and poultry.  </p> <h3>Shop Seasonally</h3> <p>It used to be that the only way to enjoy strawberries in December was to can or freeze them in July. These days, out-of-season crops are shipped all over the country (and the world), making them readily available in grocery stores and burning up resources to get them from farm to plate. 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