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Going "green" for the holidays

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By Ashley Conroy

FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) -- It might too late to finish up holiday shopping late on Christmas Eve, but the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says it isn't too late to go green for the remainder of the holidays.

It's part of their "Green up" Mississippi campaign to promote green living during the holidays.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Americans generate about 25 percent more household trash from Thanksgiving to New Years.

While shoppers in Flowood casually browsed and bought last minute items, some say they haven't had time to think about going green.

"No, I hadn't really paid attention, but that's something good to look into," said shopper Bre Gooden.

Tambia Coleman and her mother Doris Coleman were out shopping together. While her mother says she's trying to stay a little green, Tambia says it's not too important.

"I have a set mind of what I want to get, so environmental or not I'm just going to get it," Coleman said.

Doris Coleman said she found a couple of recycled items to give as gifts. "I did find at Old Navy some recycled bags that we are going to give to Sunday school kids."

Many shoppers carried plastic bags to and from various stores at the Dogwood Festival.

But shopper Lauren Dickson says she found a few alternatives to gift wrapping. "Recycled bags, like instead of the plastic ones you buy, but like the paper ones, the brown paper ones. That you can recycle and stuff."

MDEQ recommends carrying a reusable canvass tote bag instead of plastic bags to do shopping.

They also recommend reusing wrapping paper, or buy recycled paper to wrap gifts.

In addition, buying someone music lessons, restaurant or movie gift cards, bringing someone baked cookies for a present can be a good waste-reducing alternative to gift giving.

After the holidays, they recommend saving wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons for next year.

For those items that can't be reused try to recycle as much scrap wrapping paper, gift boxes, bags, and other packaging materials as possible.

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