Still got your Christmas tree but don't want to deal with getting rid of it? Have it picked up, recycled into mulch, woodchips, or fed to local goats, AND have a tree planted in its honor. Schedule your pickup today and Wellesley High School students and grads from Holiday Haulaways will ensure a green future with your old tree.
Last spring they planted 300 trees in Wellesley and Needham. But the team didn’t want to stop there. This year they are donating 1.5% of their revenue to climate carbon removal, aiming to plant more trees, and are encouraging folks to not bag their trees. Sure, they know trees can be messy, but this season the team has seen more plastic bagged trees than they would like. Thus, they are now offering to vacuum up instead of having folks bag the trees.
Again this spring, trees will be planted for every Christmas tree they pick up. Sparked by memories of planting trees given to them in Wellesley elementary schools which are now reasonably mature trees, the team hopes the tree planting initiative sparks conversations about replanting, reforestation, carbon sequestration, and efforts to combat climate change. The small saplings’ that Holiday Haulaways offers customers are perfect for families who want to share a moment planting a tree together.
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We know there is ALOT going on, but when we stop and consider what we are thankful for it includes you. We know all of you are busy and are taking different steps to protect our community.
Remember, there are things you can do -- big and small-- that will not only help reduce extreme weather but are healthier, cleaner, safer, quieter, less pollutant and enjoyable!
Take some time amidst the hustle of the holidays and make this a meaningful season by being conscious of how your actions can make a more sustainable future. Examples include walking/biking/taking public transit to a store, buying local and pre-loved, making a gift, offering your time or service (i.e. plant a garden for a friend, babysit, prepare a meal), and/or volunteering together.
Please share ideas you have with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, during this season of thankfulness, THANKS for all you do and dont do.
Make Your List and Check it Twice
Written by: Eliza Letteney
‘Tis the season. Homes are trimmed with candles and boughs. While Chanukah is behind us, many are looking for Christmas and Kwanzaa gifts, hostess presents and “thank you” treats for teachers and others who have made the year brighter for our families.
This year, instead of letting the shopping rush make you feel like a frenzied consumer, discover ways to shrink your ecological footprint and calmly prepare for remaining festivities. Here are a few tips for locating and wrapping gifts in a stress-free and sustainable way.
As seasonal shopping began in downtown Wellesley, a store associate at Beauty and Main noted an increasing number of people asking for natural products that are environmentally lower impact, adding that companies are also responding to the demand for products made without chemicals that are “paraben-free, dye-free, and scent-free.” Cashiers at Paper Source and Wellesley Books, both of which offer gifts made from natural or recycled materials, noted similar trends.
And broader trends affirm what is happening here. The global consulting firm Accenture’s 2021 giving survey found that 58% want to support local and independent retailers. Additionally, 60% of respondents reported making more sustainable and ethical purchases, and 9 out of 10 of those said they planned to continue doing so this season.
A survey by the research firm WeThrift found that nearly 40% of shoppers were likely to focus on eco-friendly products during this holiday season and over 60% claimed that they would likely use reused or recycled materials to box and wrap presents.
If you’re interested in doing the same, reused paper, magazines, and newspapers are creative choices tied with some festive reused ribbon, raffia or yarn, and with a small pine branch or holly sprig tucked beneath the bow. Sustainable Wellesley shares easy steps to create beautiful - reusable- cloth gift wrapping here. Glass jars and other reusable containers can be festive with a bright gift tag and colorful twine. These sweet options yield a charming presentation without creating waste.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, good luck and enjoy the holidays!