Wednesday, November 24, 2010

5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping

With Christmas just around the corner, millions of people will begin their annual shopping spree to find gifts for all those on their list. Problem is, this time of year can be really hard on the environment if people aren’t at least a little conscious regarding the choices they are making.

This year, make it a goal to try to do eco-friendly holiday shopping. You can do this by keeping these five tips in mind:

1. Narrow your stores. Rather than running all over Ottawa in search of those perfect gifts, narrow down where you will go. Try to get as much as you can at one or two stores, thereby limiting the amount of travel between points.
2. Choose less packaging. Christmas morning often features garbage bags filled with packaging materials. Look to purchase items that are not over-packaged.
3. Skip the plastic. It is well known that plastic products are wreaking havoc on the world, from their production through the never-ending disposal of them. The less plastic you put in your cart, the better for the environment.
4. Take reusable bags. Since you know you are heading out shopping, grab your reusable bags, so you can avoid those plastic ones from the store. Plastic bags are damaging to the environment and require a lot of resources to produce.
5. Notice the miles. If you are considering buying a product, look at where it was made. Buying products that have traveled thousands of miles to reach the store is damaging to the environment. You can reduce your carbon footprint by opting for gifts made closer to home!

From turning used newspaper into wrapping paper to recycling as much as possible after everyone has opened their gifts, there are always ways for you to be more eco-friendly, this time of year. And if your Christmas list includes items like new furniture and appliances, contact Capital Junk to remove your old ones! We will make sure they are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way by means of donating or recycling.

Capital Junk serves the entire Ottawa area and specializes in helping businesses and individuals with unwanted junk removal, including furniture, old appliances, and miscellaneous items. With an eco-friendly mission, they work to keep items out of landfills.

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