‘Tis the season … to celebrate and exchange gifts! In the past, this meant spending lots of time and money on attractive but often frivolous items, elaborately wrapped, using lots of paper, ribbons and big bows.
However, in the last few years, New Yorkers have become much more aware of the need to make our city greener and less wasteful. Therefore, this holiday season, let us pledge to celebrate by giving even more responsibly. Let us rethink not only how we use gift-wrap, but also the very gifts we give. We can all make our holidays the brightest ever by giving thoughtful gifts that warm the heart and do not come at the expense of the environment.
Here are a few suggestions to help you make your holidays more festive, greener and a lot less wasteful:
You may also choose to use an artificial tree instead of a real one. Send e-mail greetings rather than paper holiday cards. In addition, if you buy greeting cards, make sure they are made from recycled paper.
For more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, visit the DSNY website at www.nyc.gov/sanitation
And above all else, enjoy the gift of giving as you protect the environment.
John J. Doherty is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation.