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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 18, 2006

ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Little thought avoids lot of waste

Advertiser Staff and News Services

The holidays are jolly but they can produce a lot of waste. Reduce yours with these tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

  • Bring reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Tell store clerks you don't need a bag for small or oversized purchases.

  • Send recycled-content greeting cards. Remember to recycle any paper cards you receive.

  • Turn off holiday lights during the day.

    Zenaida Serrano



    KEEP IT SIMPLE



    RUNNING WITH RIBBONS

    In need of low-cost decorating ideas for the holidays? CraftPlace.org offers these creative ideas for ribbons:

  • Make simple bows from printed, colorful ribbon and pin them to your curtains or tie them around door knobs.

  • String a ribbon from one end of a wall to another, attaching each end with a thumbtack. Use the ribbon like a clothesline, and display greeting cards by attaching them with clothes pins.

    Zenaida Serrano



    FINAL WORD

    "Look closer. If you want to see beauty, learn to view ordinary things in new ways."

    Joe Campeau | author of "Ordinary Joy: Finding Fresh Promise in Routine Moments"