Staying Green During the Holidays

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reminds Kansans that the holidays are no time to neglect good environmental habits we practice year around, and an environmentally friendly holiday can be just as festive without much extra effort.

“The holidays are a go-go-go time of year, which means we can sometimes we forget to think about the environment when shopping or gathering with friends and family,” said John Mitchell, Director of KDHE’s Division of Environment. “With a little creative thinking and some healthy changes of habit, you and your family can go green this holiday season and keep those habits throughout the New Year.”

Below are some tips to help keep you green:

Try using items found around the house to wrap your presents such as newspaper comics, magazines, decorative boxes, fabric, bows and boxes.

Go chop down a tree. An artificial Christmas tree might seem like the greener option, but faux branches are usually made of materials that cannot be recycled.

At the end of the holidays, recycle your tree into compost or add it to your brush pile for animal refuge.

Compost your food waste, avoid relying on disposable paper goods and don’t forget to recycle aluminum cans and glass bottles.

Save energy and money by switching out your incandescent lights with new LEDs (light emitting diodes).

If you do decorate with lights, don’t forget to use a timer so the lights are only on when there is an audience.

Find out more KDHE green advice at

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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