December 28, 2010 (Tue)RECYCLE THAT HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Happy Holidays everyone! The year is coming to a close and in Japan that means plenty of celebrating and gift giving. Lots of decorating, parties, food, and presents adds up to a lot of fun, but also can mean tremendous waste, so I've been doing my best to recycle and be resourceful.
These are some things that I've been doing to stay eco-conscious during the holidays:
1) For family members, I wrap presents in a colorful traditional fabric, called a
" furoshiki" so that it can be reused instead of throwing away
2) Using solar LED lights for the Christmas tree and for decorating the house
3) For friends that live nearby or coworkers, I give them holiday greeting cards by
hand to save a stamp and also postal transport.
I went to my local bar the other night to celebrate the holidays with friends and I was happily surprised to see a Christmas tree made from recycled green-glass beer bottles. That's the spirit! Happy Holidays from Eco Channel and looking forward to some eco friendly resolutions. For more on traditional wrapping using a cloth that I mentioned earlier, check out this clip on "furoshiki wrapping". (*this video is no longer available)