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In December's Do It Green! Minnesota E-Newsletter:

* Year End Giving
* Furoshiki: Alternative Gift Wrap
* How to Avoid Winter Salt Use Pollution

Green Events
* Green Resources

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As you make plans for your year end giving, we ask you to consider supporting Do It Green! Minnesota’s mission to educate and engage Minnesotans about sustainable lifestyles and to promote strong, local communities. Gifts like yours will allow us to give sustainability presentations, purchase organic seeds for our Seed Library, provide free print resources at our kiosk in the Midtown Global Market, host free clothing swaps, enhance our annual Green Gifts Fair celebration, and continue to add to our free online resources. 

You can donate online here. Thank you in advance for your continued support!


imageFUROThe goal of our annual Green Gifts Fair is to educate Minnesotans on the many ways we can all reduce our environmental impact during the holiday season. Here are the “green facts” about wrapping paper:
  • Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S.
  • Wrapping paper is often dyed and laminated.
  • Wrapping paper may contain non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloring, glitter and plastics that are not recyclable.
  • Wrapping paper can be very thin and may contain few high quality fibers for recycling.
  • Wrapping paper usually has tape on it which makes the recycling process more difficult.
  • If every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it could save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
One of our most popular green living demos at the fair is our Furoshiki demonstration. Furoshiki is a Japanese gift wrapping technique using a single piece of square cloth. There are many different Furoshiki techniques and ways to wrap different types of gifts. You can find a list here or search for "how to" videos on youtube.com. Furoshiki is fun and festive, and a great way to reduce holiday waste!


MWMOrgb_WhiteBox_screen-72dpiAll road salt and deicer products create pollution and are bad for plants, animals, and water quality. Salts and many deicers contain chloride, which is toxic to things that live in our rivers, lakes and wetlands. Just one teaspoon of salt is enough to pollute five gallons of water forever. You can do your part to prevent chloride pollution by following these simple tips when maintaining your sidewalks and driveways this winter.
  • Shovel and Scrape First
  • If It’s Too Cold, Don’t Use Salt
  • Use Sand to Provide Traction
  • If You Must Salt, Use as Little as Possible
Learn more by visiting the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s website http://mwmo.org/blog/fight-snow-ice-without-polluting/


Fix-It Clinics
Get household items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic. Residents can bring small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more to receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. Fix-It Clinics teach troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash.

Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic, Sunday, December 11th, 12-4PM, Minneapolis

Ramsey County Fix-It Clinic, Sunday, December 17th, 10AM-1PM, Saint Paul

Water Wednesday: The Low Salt Diet
Pollution-free winter maintenance is a learned skill. Get tips for keeping your sidewalks and driveways snow and ice-free this winter while minimizing the use of harmful salt and deicers that pollute our waterbodies. Learn ways to save money while protecting the environment. MWMO’s in-house expert will cover how to choose the right deicers and when to apply them, how to choose between sand and salt, how much material to apply and how to avoid it altogether. Wednesday, December 14th, 6:30-7:30PM, Minneapolis. More info...

Fix-It Tech Event
Fix-It Tech events are free community technology education events providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support. Get your questions answered and your problems fixed. First come first served. Saturday, January 28th, 11AM-3PM, Saint Paul. Learn more…

Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!

ReUse Minnesota On-line Directory6621b2a50f49c27f5ca087697f8b3a10
ReUse Minnesota has launched a new site at reusemn.org as an online resource for Minnesota consumers looking for secondhand goods or rental and repair services. The website can help you to find places to buy (vintage or secondhand), repair, or rent items, and to find places to sell or donate items you want to keep out of the landfill and pass on to someone else for reuse. More info…

BMP Incentive Program
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is now accepting applications for the BMP Incentive Program. Funds are available to homeowners, churches, homeowner associations, and commercial properties interested in installing clean water projects like raingardens on their property. Projects are funded 50-100% depending on the type of project and location in the Watershed. More info…

Recycle Your Holiday Lights
Don’t know what to do with those old or no longer-working strings of holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Either way, recycle your old lights! To find the nearest location to you, call your City or County Solid Waste and Recycling Department. Hennepin County has year round drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington for holiday lights. More info..




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