Try these eco-friendly holiday celebration tips

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“Go green” this holiday season and have fun doing it. Here are some tips to help you be environmentally friendly during the holidays.

  • Reduce your carbon footprint by celebrating at home instead of using fuel to travel. If you have to travel, consider driving instead of flying, carpooling with other family members, and using the most fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • Plan ahead by picking out local or organic fruits and vegetables and freezing or canning them for use at your holiday meal. Buy your meat or dairy products locally if possible. This not only supports  local business, but decreases your carbon footprint because your food is not being transported from a distant location. So next time you drive by a local butcher shop, take a look inside!
  • At the dinner table, avoid serving with disposable items like Styrofoam or paper. When it comes to napkins, use cloth. Not only will it look nicer, it will decrease what you put in the landfill.
  • Make your own decorations from materials around the house. Not only will this save you money but the decorations will be unique and more meaningful.
  • Think before you throw away containers or packaging that your holiday items came in. Look for ways to reuse them or at minimum, recycle them.
  • Invite neighbors or friends over for the holidays. Not only would this reduce carbon footprints but it will bring you closer to those you care about.

Consider these ideas for other celebrations too. Next time you start planning for a celebration or event, think green.

Learn more at www.gundersenenvision.org.

Gundersen is co-founder of new purchasing marketplace

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Concerned about the use of products and services in healthcare that are potentially harmful to human health, local communities and the planet, Gundersen Health System has joined the nation’s other top leaders in healthcare sustainability to create the Greenhealth Exchange (GX).

GX is a purchasing cooperative founded by four health systems including Gundersen, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dignity Health and Partners HealthCare along with longtime sustainability advocates Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. GX is backed by a combined total of 60 hospitals that together represent $21.2 billion in annual revenues and more than $4 billion in purchasing power.

“Supplies and equipment have as big, if not bigger, impact on the environment as our energy use,” says Jeff Thompson, MD, executive advisor and CEO Emeritus for Gundersen Health System. “That’s why Gundersen is committed to Greenhealth Exchange. We can aggregate demand around products that will lower cost and be more sustainable.”

For more than 20 years, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have worked collaboratively with hospitals, health systems, product manufacturers and suppliers to drive change in the market for environmentally preferable products. GX will build on these efforts, helping hospitals overcome barriers to green purchasing by offering greater access to high-quality products at competitive prices.

GX is currently developing a network of suppliers and it expects to launch the online catalog in approximately six months. Conversations with additional major health systems are underway. Through detailed product specifications and supplier performance requirements, the unique marketplace will offer members access to the following:

  • High-quality green products brought together in one catalog at competitive prices.
  • Apples-to-apples comparisons on key product features including price and sustainability score plus health, environmental and community benefits.
  • Tracking and reporting the benefits associated with every purchase.

For more about the exchange, visit greenhealthexchange.com. For more information on Gundersen’s environmental initiatives, go to gundersenenvision.org.

Eco-friendly holiday celebrations

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Planning for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. You can “go green” and have fun doing it! Here are some tips to help you be environmentally friendly during the holidays.

  • Celebrate at home instead of traveling. This will reduce your carbon footprint. If you have to travel, consider driving instead of flying, carpooling with other family members, and using the most fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • If your holidays are during the winter months, plan ahead by picking out local or organic fruits and vegetables and freezing or canning them for use at your holiday meal. Buy your meat or dairy products locally if possible. This not only supports local business, but it also decreases your carbon footprint because your food is not being transported from a distant location. So next time you drive by a local butcher shop, take a look inside!
  • At the dinner table, avoid serving with disposable serving items like Styrofoam or paper. When it comes to napkins, use cloth. Not only will it look nicer, it will decrease what you put in the landfill.
  • Make your own decorations from materials around the house. Not only will this save you money but the decorations will be unique and more meaningful.
  • Think before you throw away containers or packaging that your holiday items came in. Can you reuse them for something or possibly even recycle them? This also helps decrease what you send to the landfill.
  • Invite neighbors or friends over for the holidays. Not only would this reduce carbon footprints but it will bring you closer to those you care about.

Consider these ideas for other celebrations too. Next time you start planning for a celebration or event, think green.

Learn more at www.gundersenenvision.org.

Eco-friendly holiday celebrations

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Planning for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. You can “go green” and have fun doing it! Here are some tips to help you be environmentally friendly during the holidays:

  • Celebrate at home instead of traveling. This will reduce your carbon footprint because you will utilize less fuel. If you have to travel, consider driving instead of flying, carpooling with other family members, and using the most fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • If your holidays are during the winter months, plan ahead by picking out local or organic fruits and vegetables and freezing or canning them for use at your holiday meal. Buy your meat or dairy products locally if possible. This not only supports a local business, but it also decreases your carbon footprint because your food is not being transported from a distant location. So next time you drive by a local butcher shop, take a look inside!
  • At the dinner table, avoid serving with disposable serving items like Styrofoam or paper. When it comes to napkins, use cloth. Not only will it look nicer, it will decrease what you put in the landfill.
  • Make your own decorations from materials around the house. Not only will this save you money but the decorations will be unique and more meaningful.
  • Think before you throw away containers or packaging that your holiday items came in. Can you reuse them for something or possibly even recycle them? This also helps decrease what you send to the landfill.
  • Invite neighbors or friends over for the holidays. Not only would this reduce carbon footprints but it will bring you closer to those you care about.

Consider these ideas for other celebrations too. Next time you start planning for a celebration or event, think green. 

Learn more at www.gundersenenvision.org.