The Internet has hundreds of sites with information about how to reduce our impact on the environment during the Holiday Season.
Here are just a few sample sites:
Find out if the gift you’re thinking about buying was tested on animals or is bad for the environment by visiting www.responsibleshopper.org
The Simple Living Network's www.simpleliving.net is devoted to those seeking to live "a more conscious, simple, healthy and restorative lifestyle." Its online holiday newsletters offer articles on the ecological cost of Christmas, ideas for non-material gifts and volunteering as a family during the holidays. Also check out www.greenmatters.com/gm/
Some sources for green buying: The following web sites provide information on a range of environmentally friendly products, from clothing and books to candles and aromatherapy.
With the constant barrage of messages to consume that children receive, it is a real challenge to teach them that over-consumption is not sustainable. Check out the following web sites for ideas on teaching your children to recognize marketing hype versus real knowledge: www.parentkidsright.com/pt-consumerism.html
Recycling items ranging from appliances and batteries, to paint and pesticides, to yard and garden trimmings is a snap with the updated RDN Recycling Directory. The Directory is organized like a phonebook and provides quick access to a wealth of recycling and reuse opportunities throughout the RDN.
The booklet features province-wide recycling programs and contacts, information about the Region’s Zero Waste program and an easy-to-use alphabetic directory. It lists more than 100 materials and the locations where they can be taken for reuse or recycling.
The RDN Recycling Directory is available on-line [ Click Here ], or at the following facilities; the RDN offices on 6300 Hammond Bay Road in north Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange in Nanaimo, the Regional Landfill on Cedar Road in south Nanaimo, the Church Road Transfer Station near Parksville, the District 69 Arena in Parksville and the Ravensong Aquatic Centre in Qualicum Beach.