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‘Tis the Season for Being Green!

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The holiday season is upon us and you are most likely getting busy shopping, wrapping, and making merry. It’s also the time of year to give back and think about what’s important. Our ocean is definitely important and so this year, consider giving our ocean a gift by keeping your holidays green.

There are lots of ways to enjoy the holiday season in an environmentally-friendly way! Here are a few basic tips as you gear up for your own celebrations:

Do your holiday shopping with reusable bags. Plastic shopping bags are among the top 10 items collected each year at the International Coastal Cleanup. When you’re doing your shopping this year, bring your bags with you!

Choose gifts that are environmentally-friendly. When finding a gift for that someone on your list, make sure to avoid purchasing items that may be harmful to our environment. For instance, stay away from products that contain tiny plastic microbeads, such as certain facial exfoliants. Instead, opt for one of the many available natural options.

Reduce the number of consumer products we use by re-gifting instead of purchasing. You can cut down on waste (and on your spending!) by choosing to reuse or re-gift items you already have.

Use reusable wrapping. Skip the plastic ribbons and bows and use reusable wrapping for your gifts instead. Try out a stylish fabric gift bag (which the recipient can then re-gift!), or at the very least, save what wrappings you can and use them again next time.

A fun take on reusing or re-gifting: turn an old tank top into a giftable, reusable bag!

A fun take on reusing or re-gifting: turn an old tank top into a giftable, reusable bag!

Keep our ocean in mind this holiday season and make it a happy holiday for everyone!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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