How to go green for the holidays

Published On: Dec 05 2012 08:34:22 AM PST   Updated On: Nov 07 2014 07:53:03 AM PST

Your Christmas tree shouldn't be the only green thing in your home this season. Read on for tips on crafting a more environmentally-friendly holiday season.

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Get creative with gift wrap: Traditional wrapping paper takes a very long time to decompose in the landfill, according to GreenLivingTips.com. Instead, make your own using decorated paper bags, newspapers or old calendar pictures; place gifts in a basket; or wrap your gifts using part of the gift itself -- for instance, PlanetGreen.com recommends wrapping kitchen supplies in matching dish towels.

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