"Greening The Holidays" List Shows Ontarians How to Reduce Their Holiday Footprint



    10 Ways to Be Environmentally Healthy This Holiday Season

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Canceling your subscription to the 1083-page
Sears Wish Book Christmas catalog made from endangered forests, including
threatened caribou habitat in Ontario, using low-energy LED lights to help
reduce the annual Toronto Christmas power surge and choosing foods harvested
locally from the Greenbelt are just some of the ways Ontarians can green their
holiday season this year, say ForestEthics and Environmental Defence, two of
Canada's leading environmental groups.
    "We're not advocating that Ontarians don't buy presents this year," said
Tzeporah Berman of ForestEthics, "but we need to start making serious
environmental changes in how we live during high travel, high consumer times -
our list shows how Ontarians can do this locally and effectively."

    The green list also recommends:

    
    -   Avoiding children's jewelry and toys that contain lead, which can
        harm the brain development of children, leading to lower IQ,
        hyperactivity and developmental delays.

    -   Saying no to plastic trees and buying trees from Ontario tree farms
        that do not use pesticides, such as Orchard Hill Farms or Drysdale
        Tree Farms.

    -   Using re-usable shopping bags to reduce the approximately 65,000
        tonnes of plastic that is thrown away during the holidays in Canada.
    

    "Greening our holiday celebrations is one of the easiest ways to do our
part to protect the environment and human health," said Dr. Rick Smith,
Executive Director, Environmental Defence. "Holiday cheer will spread that
much further if we all keep the environment in mind."

    For the entire Top 10 list, please visit www.forestethics.org/greenlist
or www.environmentaldefence.ca.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact
Tzeporah Berman, ForestEthics, (604) 313-4713; Jennifer Foulds, Environmental
Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232, (647) 280-9521 (cell)


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