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Going Green for the Holidays

Did you know that Americans throw away around 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year? At EcoShredding we want to educate and enable our clients and the general public to minimize waste, reuse and recycle.

If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could be used to tie a bow around the entire planet.

If every American family wrapped just three presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the United States could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one less card, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.

A great way to recycle old Christmas cards is to cut them up and use them as nametags on gifts under your tree. Save bows, ribbon, tags, festive bags and boxes for next year. Not only is this eco-friendly but it’s also budget-friendly!

Instead of cutting a live Christmas tree every year go to a Christmas tree farm and buy a pre-cut tree, or invest in a synthetic tree. They cut down cost and can be re-used year after year.

Don’t throw out those old candles either! They can be melted down and mixed together to form new candles and all you have to do is replace the wick. Recycled candles could turn out to be wonderful gifts for loved ones.

Reusable water bottles benefit the environment and also make for great gifts! (Check out for more eco-friendly gift options.)

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