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Green Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Best Eco-Friendly Christmas Presents For The Whole Family

12/06/2012 09:16 am ET | Updated Dec 07, 2012

It is once again that most wonderful time of the year. The winter holidays will soon be upon us, meaning only one thing... presents!

Unfortunately, consumerism can get a little out of hand. According to RecycleWorks.org, waste per household increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Americans throw away 4 million tons of gift wrapping and shopping bags annually, buy 2.65 billion holiday cards, and spend an average of $800 per person on gifts. It’s no wonder, then, that a national survey found 70% of Americans wish there was less of a focus on holiday gift giving.

Although material-free gifts are often the most environmentally conscious presents, eco-friendly products are increasingly available, thanks to programs like EnergyStar and efforts by individual manufacturers.

Check out the guide below for some green gift ideas for the holidays. Share your ideas in the comments below!

Green Gift Guide 2012
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