Weatherford Democrat

Lifestyles

December 11, 2007

Go green for the holidays

Helen Malani, Syndicated Columnist

If you’re among those dreaming of a white Christmas, you should consider going “green” instead. Greennest.com has all kinds of ideas that put our planet at the top of everyone’s gift list this year.

Lisa Beres is co-founder of the site, which is dedicated to greener living.

“Being green really means focusing on three things: resource conservation, energy efficiency and the health of your home,” she said, “so you want to factor in all of those things to really make sure you’re creating a green experience for yourself.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce 25 percent more waste during the holiday season than at any other time of year. If that number doesn’t astonish you, think about all the extra waste created by greeting cards, wrapping paper, bows, home decorations, ornaments, boxes, shipping materials — even the disposable dishware we use for parties. So as you dutifully transform your home for this holiday season, consider some of these earth-friendly alternatives.



Tree time

Competing schools of thought will have you wondering whether sparing the life of a real tree in favor of a fake is actually a “greener” move. Most fake trees teem with polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which offgasses into your home, polluting your indoor air. The greenest advice is to go with a live tree that you can replant into the earth.



E-cards

Instead of snail-mailing traditional holiday cards that eventually end up in recipients’ trash, consider going electronic. With so many greeting-card sites available free of charge, you’re not only going to save paper and money, but you can also upload pictures, video and music.



Light it up

Nothing provides instant ambience like a room full of fragrant candles, but synthetic scents can be big air polluters. Pass on the paraffin and look instead for soy- or vegetable-based candles. And there’s no need to sacrifice a great smell: Those made with essential oils, like peppermint, smell terrific and are far better for your sniffer than those made from chemicals.

Text Only
Lifestyles
  • 0727 soc sharlow birth.jpg Sharlows welcome daughter, Sadie

    Marc and Julie Sharlow, of Aledo, are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter, Sadie, who was born June 5, 2014, at Harris Methodist Southwest.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • MILITARY NEWS: Sterling graduates basic

    U.S. Army Pvt. Zachary A. Sterling has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0727 soc dukeman.jpg Dukeman and Damerau unite in marriage

    Lois Michelle Dukeman and Collyn Layne Damerau joined together in marriage on June 14, 2014, in front of family and friends at MD Resorts in Aurora, Texas. Rejoicing with the couple were the bride’s parents, Roger and Brenda Dukeman; brother, James Dukeman; and grandmother, Lois Davenport. Also celebrating the couple were the parents of the groom, Dale and Robbin Damerau; sister, Courtney Damerau; brother, Cayden Damerau; and grandparents, Larry and Joyce Damerau, Lorrine Damerau and Robert and Alice Courtney.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0720 soc hudson engagement.jpg Hudson, Elswick to unite in marriage

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peach Food Winners - at award ceremony.jpg Parker County Peach Food Contest winners

    Several home cooks were crowned during Saturday’s Peach Food Contest, an outlet of the 30th Annual Parker County Peach Festival.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rev. Stephen Schmidt New pastor named to First United Methodist Weatherford

    Rev. Stephen Schmidt has been named as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Weatherford. He previously served for 12 years at Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove. In all, Rev. Schmidt has spent over 30 years as a Methodist minister.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0706 loc first united methodist pastor.jpg FUMC honors retiring Rev. Glenn Jones

    Glenn Jones, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, has retired after serving the church for nine years. Rev. Jones received his call to serve 50 years ago and has served about 16 churches during his tenure.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marlysia Earls Earls named state pageant finalist

    Marlysia Earls is a Texas state finalist in the Junior Teen Division of the National American Miss Pageant to be  held July 13 and 14 in Addison. If chosen, she will compete in the national competition held in Anaheim, California, in November. Marlysia will be starting her junior year at Weatherford High School in the fall. 

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Airman Ryan R. Powell Powell graduates basic training

    Air Force Airman Ryan R. Powell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry Ellis.jpg Weatherford Art Association June meeting

    Local artist James Spurlock demonstrated to a packed house at the June Weatherford Art Association meeting last Monday. Spurlock demonstrated working with water mixable oils and completed a painting during the meeting. 

    June 29, 2014 3 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating