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November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday

According to the Use Less Stuff Report, Americans increase their trash by 25 percent each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day--approximately 1 million extra tons of trash per week. The report also states that the 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high! "Cyber Monday" is typically a big day for online holiday shopping, but it is also a good time to consider how you can be more environmentally friendly in your holiday celebrations.

Cindy Parker, MD, MPH, co-director of the Program for Global Sustainability and Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, suggests, "Try out a few of these ideas as a way to take better care of our environment and shift the focus from consumption to what's really important—showing your friends and family how much you care about them and sharing the spirit of the season."

Gift ideas

Shopping

Gift Wrapping

Decorating

Entertaining

Above all, remember the spirit of the season is more than consumption. Enjoy sharing time with your friends and family!

Every Monday, the Johns Hopkins Healthy Monday Project, part of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, offers tips for preventing disease and injury, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check back each week for new tips or visit our archive.