askHRgreen.org | December 2012 

Green Greetings to You! 


Dear Friends,


It's been a busy year for askHRgreen.org, and we'd like to take a break from the hustle and bustle to thank you for your support of our efforts. We know it takes a village to do a lot of things, but we also know that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of each and every one of us. So thank you for all you do, and we send you our best wishes for the New Year.


Happy holidays from the askHRgreen.org team!

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No-fuss tips for an Eco-friendly Holiday Season


It's the most wonderful time of year, with not only visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, but also last-minute shopping lists, decorating ideas and holiday meal preparation. If you believe it's hard to integrate the environmental green with your holiday green, think again. We've put together a sleigh-full of no-fuss, fun tips for making the season bright and eco-friendly!


Shopping and Gifting


* Keep reusable shopping bags in your car. You never know when you'll have to dash away for more eggnog, flour or that last minute gift.


Get creative and make your own wrapping paper using fabric, maps, your child's artwork or reused tissue paper. Use twine to secure fresh sprigs of holly and pinecones for a festive natural look.


As a gift alternative, consider making a donation in honor of a loved one.


If you give electronic gifts, include rechargeable batteries. If you receive electronic gifts, make sure to properly recycle your old electronics.


Shop at your local farmer's market for fresh, seasonal produce and flavors.


For Parties


Send e-cards and e-vites rather than paper cards.


Place a recycling bin next to your trash can where it will be easy for guests to find.


Choose reusable plates, cups and utensils when entertaining. If you have to use paper products, make sure these are made from recycled paper and plastic.


In the Kitchen


Never put kitchen fats, oils and grease down the drain. Stay clog-free for the holidays.


Don't use the garbage disposal. Food particles can still pass through and clog your drains.


Don't put food particles directly down your sink either! Use a strainer to catch food scraps, then toss in the trash or compost.


If you have gallons of fryer oil to dispose of, recycle it at your community's transfer or recycling center. Click for a list of local fryer oil recycling locations.


Be a greener cleaner by using a vinegar and water solution instead of harsh cleaning products. 


The Tree and all the Trimmings


Fill your house with the fresh scent that only a live tree can deliver.


Decorate with fewer lights or put your lights on a timer. Replace older lights with energy efficient LED strands.


After Christmas, reuse your naturally grown Christmas tree by taking the decorations off (including tinsel) and placing it in a quiet corner of your yard as a wildlife habitat area.


If you're thinking of getting rid of your artificial Christmas tree, but it's still in good shape, donate it to a good cause.

Christmas Tree
Give "O Tannenbaum" a Second Chance


When life gives you naturally-grown Christmas trees, make mulch! That's what most Hampton Roads municipalities do with naturally-grown trees that are placed curbside or dropped off at specified collection areas for recycling after Christmas. Recycling your Christmas tree is a nice way to extend its life. Collected trees are chipped into mulch that is then used to spruce up city and county median areas and plantings. Collection dates will be posted on askHRgreen.org in early December. Stay tuned!
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Holiday Shopping Got You Thirsty? Tap Into TapIt Hampton Roads!


This holiday season, don't take the "shop 'till you drop" concept to heart. Tuck a reusable water bottle in your tote to stay hydrated. When you're ready for a refill, simply tap into TapIt, a region-wide water bottle refilling network sponsored by askHRgreen.org. The TapIt program is a convenient way to refill your reusable water bottle with clean water while you're out and about. More than 100 Hampton Roads cafés and restaurants are participating in this new program that provides free access to drinking water on the go.


To zero in on a nearby TapIt location: askhrgreen.org/tapit 



More about TapIt!


Restaurant owners or managers who wish to partner with TapIt can do so by visiting TapItWater.com/become-a-partner and completing a short form. There is no cost to join the TapIt network; businesses only need a faucet or soda machine that dispenses water. As a partner, businesses are added to the TapIt website and mobile mapping applications so users can easily locate them.


You can fill a reusable drinking bottle more than 1,000 times for the dollar you spend on one bottle of water from the store. Utilizing the TapIt program will save you money, while keeping plastic bottles out of our landfills.

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Did you catch this?


WVEC-TV covered news of the askHRgreen.org Green Learning guide, Nov. 15. See the broadcast here! To download the guide visit askHRgreen.org/green-learning 


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