Art of Appreciation Gourmet Gift Baskets

By Lia Blanchard

Many of us have adopted a “go green” lifestyle, but during the holidays the average American puts out 52% more waste than usual. It’s easy to slip into old habits or traditional ways of doing things.  This series of articles offers greener methods of holiday decorating, giving, and entertaining.


Christmas tree: There are many greener ways to enjoy a Christmas tree than chopping one down and throwing it away every year.

  • Purchase a living tree. Many potted trees can live in their pots for many years, serving you for multiple Christmases before being permanently planted. If you have nowhere to plant a live tree, you might donate it to your local parks department, senior home, or other nonprofit facility with landscaped grounds. Or…
  • Rent a live tree. This done both commercially and by nonprofits who use the returned tree in their ecological projects. The Adopt a…

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