Keeping it Green During the Holidays

Sustainability is a deeply held value of the Alma del Pueblo team. Alma del Pueblo’s leader Marge Cafarelli is on the Partnership Council of the Community Environmental Council (CEC), which raises awareness on the most pressing environmental issues affecting greater Santa Barbara.

The CEC notes that during the holiday season, the amount of waste that goes into our landfills increases by 25 percent. Additionally, research shows that if all decorative lights sold in America were Energy Star qualified, the country could save over two billion kilowatt hours per year and reduce greenhouse gases equivalent to nearly 300,000 cars.

We’d like to pass on a few simple tips for how you might stay green during this holiday season.

Gift-giving:

– Consider giving contributions to environmental charities. You can give a gift in the name in your recipient so they get the warm fuzzies that accompany a charitable donation.

– When you shop, prioritize purchasing items with minimal packaging or that contain recycled materials.

Decorating:

– LED lights use 90 percent less energy. Decorate with energy efficient holiday lights.

– Time for O Tannenbaum? Why not consider a native tree in a pot. You’ll be able to use it for subsequent holiday seasons years from now.

Entertaining:

– When buying food, of course buy locally-grown, organic food and flowers. And, when possible, buy goods from our Santa Barbara Public Market merchants.

– Buy beverages in aluminum cans and glass bottles, rather than plastic. Encourage guests to place empty bottles and cans in your recycling bins.

– Carpool when going to parties. This also encourages safe driving by a designated driver while other riders can enjoy holiday cheer.

From Alma del Pueblo’s homes to your home – wishing you a healthy, happy holiday season!

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