Give the gift of conservation |

Give the gift of conservation

Greg MarshallBesides using money-saving tricks such as wrapping holiday gifts in newspaper, reusing bows and avoiding tinsel, consumers can reduce energy consumption and waste this season with green gifts, according to Lola Beatlebrox of Recycle Utah.

The holiday season hits at a time of worry for the nonprofit drop-off center. "We’re never worried about people not recycling enough," Beatlebrox said. "But we are worried about fewer donations. I think people are waiting to see how the beginning of the year goes."

The bottom line may get better for people if they give green-conscious gifts, Beatlebrox said. Recycle Utah offers four different gift bags that come with recycled woven fabric shopping bags, houseplant moisture meters to avoid overwatering, soy candles, drying racks to reduce energy bills, and a reusable stainless steel water bottle.

Gift bags range in price from $15 to $45. The gift bags can be picked up at Recycle Utah’s headquarters at 1951 Woodbine Way.

People can go even further to reduce waste if they give gifts that don’t have to be wrapped and use low-energy bulbs to light trees and make houses glow, Beatlebrox said..

Recycle Utah will hold a fund-raiser Saturday, Dec. 6, at The Images of Nature Gallery at 364 Main St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patrons will learn how to make holiday crafts using recycled materials and meet Utah children’s book author Laurie Tye. They can also bid on a framed gift.

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