Now that the holidays are over, many of us are left to “un-decorate” and put away or toss the remnants of another holiday . Instead of tossing old cut trees to the curb, your tree can become a great winter snack for an elephant. Contact your local zoo or wildlife sanctuary to see if it accepts trees. Goats also enjoy evergreens, and they are full of vitamin C to keep goats healthy all winter. No animal farms nearby? Stick it in the garden bed for birds to shelter in all winter long.
DONATE your old Christmas cards to ST JUDE’S RANCH for their Children’s Recycled Card Program. It helps teens learn entrepreneurial skills by remaking and selling greeting cards. http://www.stjudesranch.org
Got wine corks? Drop them off at a collection site and an organization like ReCork will recycle them into Yoga blocks and other products. http://www.recork.org
You can offer your gently used Christmas lights and ornaments to a local nursing home or homeless shelter to use for next year’s season.