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LED is the future

Every day Americans get closer and closer to becoming more sustainable. However Americans aren’t willing to give up things to be more sustainable. When we go to the grocery store if there is a “green” alternative to what we normally buy, we will most likely purchase it. We won’t give up things like our cars, plastic bags, Christmas trees, or even Christmas lights. Every year millions of households throughout the United States put up Christmas lights. These Christmas light cause electricity usage to surge. This surge allow for our coal power plants (where the majority of our power comes from) to increase production, and therefore increase pollution on our environment. This doesn’t have to happen there is great technology out there that allows for us to be more Eco-friendly these holidays, and benefit us. LED is a somewhat newer technology that uses 90% less energy than traditional Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights also last longer, are safer, more durable, and come in all different colors. They are even sometimes cheaper than regular lights. Yet every year I see people putting up traditional incandescent lights. If only people knew that the benefits of LED lights outweigh the benefits of the old incandescent lights. I am curious to see how many people use LED versus Incandescent light so I will put up a poll shortly, I encourage people to take it so we can see how widely used LED lights are. (To see if u are currently using LED lights check out the link i posted it shows what LED lights look like)

Happy holidays,

Sam G.

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make the holidays more sustainable!

Between thanksgiving and new years the amount of household garbage in the US increases by about one million tons of trash! Most of this garbage comes from packaging. This year if you are sending gifts try to use recycled packing materials, like newspaper instead of Styrofoam packing peanuts. The metallic wrapping paper cannot be recycled but gift bags are reusable and there are many ribbons that are made out of 100% recycled waste! If you are travelling around town you might want to consider using public transportation. It is more sustainable and there are many cars and traffic headed to the mall anyways, so it could help save time too. If you plan to send a lot of holiday cards, instead of using lots of paper with envelopes and cards you could send e-mail cards. Those are just a few tips to making the holiday season more environmental friendly!

Grace W.

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