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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 08/20/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION191.1MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
38,356 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 148.1 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
29,726 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $20,452 DOLLARS SAVED
$4,104,039 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 321,120 MILES NOT DRIVEN
64,437,246 YTD

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12/16/2014

Make It A Green Holiday Season

POSTED UNDER Recycling & Waste Reduction

Americans throw away an estimated 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The holidays are something special we look forward to all year. We invest a lot of effort and resources to make them memorable for our loved ones. But we can cut down the waste – and hopefully the stress – of the holiday season by thinking sustainably in our shopping and decorating strategies.

SHOPPING

  • Give an experience. Buying concert tickets or a nice dinner for someone can mean more than a flashy product, and it cuts down on wasteful shopping.
  • Buy online. You’ll save gasoline and reduce air pollution.
  • Buy local when you can! Support your local economy and cut down carbon emissions. Buying local also adds a thoughtful touch to your gift giving.
  • Give gift cards. It reduces packaging and gift wrap.
  • Make a donation. Holidays celebrate the season for giving. Donate gently used older toys to charities.
  • Send a green greeting. Buy holiday cards made from recycled paper and send postcards to save envelopes. Or get crafty; make holiday cards from items found around the house.
  • Carry reusable bags. When shopping, take your reusable bags to avoid accumulating more plastic or paper bags.
  • Send a green gift basket. If you need to send an office gift, consider baskets with reusable water bottles, reusable bags, etc. Making the gift sustainable also gives it a more personal touch.

DECORATING

  • Have broken lights? Consider recycling them. Macy’s Cincinnati Go Green ERG is collecting holiday lights for recycling. The collection runs through January 9 in the Corporate Office Lobby.
  • Try using LED Christmas lights. They use approximately 95 percent less energy than your typical holiday bulbs. And use a timer for your holiday lights so they turn on only when it’s dark.
  • Use recyclable wrapping paper, kids’ drawings, brown paper, newspaper or fabric to wrap presents. Recycle discarded wrapping and reuse what you can – bags, bows, tags, etc. 
  • Consider wrapping a gift in something that could be reused such as a decorative, reusable tote bag.
  • Reuse decorations or purchase gently used ones at thrift shops or antique stores.
  • Use a real Christmas tree! Fake trees are wasteful when they end up in the landfill once they’re reused for a couple of years. Buying a real tree supports the tree farm, and the tree is compostable after the holidays. You could even buy a living tree and plant it after the holidays.
  • And finally, utilize those ugly Christmas sweaters to stay warm!

The holidays are a time of family, friends and frenzy. It’s exciting, but it’s also a time when we tend to get wasteful. Being mindful of the environment during the holidays saves energy and resources, and could also save you time, money and relieve some of the season’s stress. Have a sustainable, happy holiday and a great new year!