Find
10 South Emerson, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 | 847/253-5675
Font:

Archive for December, 2010

Green “Wrapping” Ideas

Do you still have gifts to wrap before the holidays? Before buying anymore gift wrap, consider some alternatives that are more environmentally friendly:
*Giving clothes or blankets as a gift? Consider also using these items to wrap gifts for the same person.
*Reuse paperbags to wrap gifts. You can even make the brown paper more festive by drawing on it.
*Place gifts in a reuseable shopping bag, so the bag becomes part of the gift.
*Reuse comics as wrapping or newspaper to protect breakable items.
*Sew your own gift bags using left over fabric scraps and let the receiver keep the bag as part of their gift.
*Use reuseable gift bags and encourage your giftees to reuse the bag as well.
*Use clean recycled aluminium foil to wrap gifts.
*Wrap gifts in old road maps.
*Ask friends and family members to try not to tear the wrapping paper so that it can be reused next year.
*Have large cans to recycle? Clean and dry them thoroughly, place gifts inside and cover with shredded paper, fabric or yarn scraps.
*Save the cards you receive and reuse them by cutting them apart and using the picture as a gift tag.

Want to do away with wrapping completely? Inform your friends and family that you will not be wrapping gifts in an effort to reduce your footprint. Use the money you save to upgrade their gift or donate the money to your choice of charity. Or purchase your gift online and have it sent directly to the recipient’s home.

http://earth911.com/tips/green-wrapping/
http://life.gaiam.com/article/top-10-green-gift-wrap-ideas

By MPPL on December 17, 2010 Categories: Consumer Choices, Holidays

Recycle Old Holiday Lights

Don’t know what to do with those strings of broken or unused holiday lights?  Recycle them! Several communities have joined with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) to recycle strings of unused or nonfunctioning lights and extension cords.  Garlands, live greens, wreaths and other non-recyclables are not accepted.  In Mount Prospect, you can recycle  your holiday lights at Public Works (1700 W. Central Road) from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays through February 11.  Please call 847/870-5640 for more information.

By MPPL on December 16, 2010 Categories: Holidays, Recycling

Choose Your Tree: Deciding between a real or artifical Holiday Tree

Have you debated with others (or possibly yourself) about which tree is more environmentally friendly, a real tree or a fake tree? While no 100 percent clear answer can be made, there are some important factors to consider before purchasing your tree.  Check out this site for further information:
http://earth911.com/news/2010/11/29/real-vs-artificial-christmas-trees/

By MPPL on December 10, 2010 Categories: Consumer Choices, Holidays