Happy happy holidays to you and your family! This season and the hustle and bustle of it all may get in the way of our conscious efforts to remain green this season. From shopping to dinners and everything in between there are so many ways we can be more efficient this season and the whole year through. Here are five!

  • Carpool with friends and family – As you head out to your favorite shopping locations, there’s no reason to make the voyage alone. In addition to helping cut down on the stress of stores packed with strangers, making it a team effort will reduce the numbers of cars on the road and emissions in the air. If every American family reduced their gasoline use by one gallon during the holiday season, we’d eliminate one million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. It also frees up parking, which is at a premium this time of year.
  • Fuel your car with E15 – E15 is a 21st century fuel option that is ideal for all drivers with cars 2001 and newer who value lower greenhouse gas emissions, clean, renewable energy, and savings at the pump. Americans have already driven over 500 million high-performance miles on E15. Reindeer don’t run on E15, but chances are your car will love it. Now available in 28 states, E15 differs from most fuel by containing five percent more ethanol, an American-made biofuel that burns cleaner than oil. Visit GetEthanol.com to find a location near you!
  • Use reusable shopping bags – You may already use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store, but there’s no reason to not use them when you hit the shopping mall. You can even find fun holiday-themed bags that bring a little extra cheer to the season while cutting down on waste. Fourteen million trees are chopped down every year to make the paper shopping bags like those found at most retail stores. Santa has his reusable gift bag, make sure you have yours too.
  • Recycle wrapping paper and boxes – Opening presents, especially if you have small children, can result in full-fledged disaster zones. Take a moment to sort recyclable items out from the clutter and place in your curbside bins. If you have wrapping kits, some items like bows and ribbon can be saved for next year. If every family reused two feet of ribbon, it would save 38,000 miles of ribbon – enough to tie a bow around the entire planet.
  • Strategically buy online to cut down on shipping – Online shopping is hotter than ever, but multiple purchases from the same retailer will result in needless boxes and more delivery trucks on the road. In 2015, almost half of all holiday shopping was done online and UPS and FedEx delivered nearly 1 billion packages alone. Be strategic and combine your online buys; it will do much more than just save you money.

What ways are you and your family staying green this season? Share with us on the blog or our Facebook page!

 

This post was sponsored in part by Growth Energy.