The holidays are a ritual that brings people together, but also generates a lot of waste. No matter what you celebrate I wish you the very best, and I invite you to take some easy steps to "green" your holidays this year. There are many sites working for a sustainable California starting with "Cal Recycle" from state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery that has an ongoing effort to cut waste generation during these holidays. Their webpage is http://www.calrecycle.ca/gov.
Every year 1 million extra tons of solid waste are generated in the U.S. per week from Thanksgiving to New Year's. An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sold each year along in the U.S., enough to fill a football field 10 stories high, so one tip suggested on their site is to say "Happy Holidays" over the phone or over the Internet. Cal Recycle estimates that if every family just cut mailing on one card, 50,000 cubic yards of paper can be saved. E-cards are always a good choice, also more when organizations such as UNESCO offers some of the best products available in today's market.