This post guest written by LFA Intern, Hannah Aljuiad.
This holiday season we can all strive to incorporate sustainable practices into our celebrations. According to PR Newswire, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency says that Americans produce 25% more waste than normal during the holidays. When wrapping gifts this season, opt for creative sustainable reusable techniques such as wrapping with old newspapers, old maps, and even old fabrics.
Understanding that the holidays are a busy time for everyone, Local First Arizona member The Fairfax Companies offers several great Ideas and services for you and your family. For that gardener in your life, Tank’s Green Stuff Organic & Natural Garden and Landscape materials are essential for every “green thumb.” Gift Certificates allow the recipient to choose exactly what they need, or gift someone a Tank’s Garden Box. These sturdy wooden boxes are pre-filled with Tanks-Pro Organic Potting Mix, ideal for growing veggies, flowers, or herbs anywhere—just plant!
If you want to warm someone's heart, and feet, this holiday why not provide them with a Blaze’n Heat Firelog? These are locally made clean-burning recycled firelogs, provide 3-4 hours of burning time, which are easy to carry and a breeze to use.
After your family unwraps gifts this holiday, bring the waste cardboard, foam, plastic, and even styrofoam to The Fairfax Companies for recycling. Collect all these recyclables and bring them to the Speedway Recycling Facility at 7301 E. Speedway for free. It is a common misconception that styrofoam is accepted in blue bins, which causes an excessive burden on landfills. For this reason the Fairfax companies condenses the foam into compressed blocks that can then be recycled into new products.
Once you undeck the halls, you can recycle your tree by bringing it to either of the Fairfax Companies’ facilities to be composted, free of charge through January 31st, 2017. When you bring in your tree for recycling, you'll also receive a free bag of Tank’s Green Stuff Organic Compost. Undecorated trees free of tinsel are accepted at either the Speedway Recycling Facility or Ina Land Reclamation Facility. See their website for hours and location details. Being a master recycler this holiday season will automatically qualify you for Santa’s “Good List” next year.