Archive for December, 2009

Green Holiday Ideas *updated*

Here are a few tips from the Oasis Bags teams to help make your Holidays greener: 1. Make your own decorations: This is a fun, easy and efficient way to reuse any packaging or craft supplies you already own. Ornaments, wreaths and stockings are simple to make and add a nice personal touch. We have tried a couple of ideas from the Martha Stewart website and they have all turned out great 2. Use energy-efficient lights: LED lights use a small amount of power (80-90% less than regular ones) and last ten years or more. Since LEDs do not have a filament, they are not damaged under circumstances when a regular incandescent bulb would be broken. Because they are solid, LED bulbs hold up well to jarring and bumping. Although LEDs are more expensive, the cost is recouped over time and in battery savings. 3. Wrap gifts in recycled wrapping paper and reusable bags: Reduce paper wastage by reusing last year’s wrapping paper, purchasing recycled wrapping paper or using environmentally friendly bags to wrap gifts. According to Eco-Chick.com, if every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S. To top it off, traditional wrapping paper is not recyclable. 4. Try buying some non-traditional gifts this year: You can make a charitable donation to an important cause in the name of your recipient. Some charities to consider: Canadian Cancer Society, charity:water, American Red Cross Try buying something that has been lightly used at consignment stores and antique shops, for those who appreciate vintage and unique items. Or, try making some of your gifts. Knitting, sewing and scrap booking help personalize the gift giving experience. Another cool gift buying option is the Join Red Campaign. Products from various retailers/companies ranging from Apple, Starbucks, Nike, etc. A portion of profits from each (PRODUCT) RED product sold goes directly to the Global Fund to invest in African AIDS programs, with a focus on women and children. 5. Try making you gifts: There a lot of great do-it-yourself (diy) books and websites available that help create you create handmade gifts for the holidays. These include projects for sewing, crochet and even duct tape! Some of our favorite titles include: Stick It!: 99 DIY Duct Tape Projects One Yard Wonders Check back often as we will be updating and adding more tips daily! -Team Oasis Bags
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