The holiday season gives us a chance to think differently about how we shop and to be creative about the way we give to others. By supporting local businesses and artists, we conserve our natural resources while celebrating the holiday spirit in a unique way.
Many of us are looking for ideas to make our holidays less stressful, less wasteful and more meaningful. By shifting priorities and elevating experiences over stuff, we can enjoy better memories, healthier lifestyles and stronger relationships.
During the holiday season, it's been estimated that households generate about 1 million extra tons of garbage per week. That’s an increase of more than 25%. The food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to more stuff that has to be disposed.
Thoughtful consumption allows us to look at everyday choices and purchases that reflect our values and to consider the upstream costs of goods and services.
- Consider giving gifts that help people consume less.
- Discover creative, efficient ways to acquire the stuff we need.
- Buy for value, durability and utility.
- Spend more time with family and friends.
- Support Portland’s arts, crafts and restaurant communities.
The Chinook Book Green Gift Guide offers a range of ideas and choices for creating meaningful holiday memories. www.greengiftspdx.com
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