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Dreaming of a Green Christmas

December 14, 2006

Mandan, ND - It may be popular to dream of a "White Christmas," but some North Dakotans are also promoting shades of green this year. The idea of a "greener" holiday is to cut down on waste, according to Wayde Schafer, president of North Dakota's Sierra Clubchapter. He says not only do Americans tend to get wrapped up in shopping, or bite off more than they can chew at the buffet, but we also tend to be wasteful in many other ways.

"We throw away 38,000 miles of ribbon, chop down 33 million Christmas trees and buy 2.65 billion holiday cards, most of which presumably get thrown away."

Schafer believes some of the best gifts we can give our children are a future with clean air and water, by making a few small, simple changes, that will add up to a big difference for the environment.

"You can recycle your tree or consider buying an artificial tree. Use recycled content wrapping paper, send recycled content or electronic greeting cards instead. You might even give rechargeable batteries with your electronic gift. Also, if you use your own camera instead of a disposable one, you can save waste that way, or consider buying a digital camera that doesn't use film, and print only the pictures that you want."

There are dozens of additional ideas for an environmentally friendly Christmas, many of which can save money as well as protecting natural resources. Learn more on the Sierra Club's Web site, www.sierraclub.org.

Debbie Aasen/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ND