December 4, 2007, Toronto – Canceling your subscription Sears Catalogues including the 1083-page Sears Wish Book Christmas catalog made from endangered forests including threatened caribou habitat in Ontario, using low-energy LED lights to help reduce the annual Toronto Christmas ‘power surge’ and choosing foods harvested locally from the Greenbelt are just some of the ways Ontarians can green their holiday season this year, say ForestEthics and Environmental Defence, two of Canada’s leading environmental groups.
“We’re not advocating that Ontarians cancel all their flights and interact with their families abroad via webcams – well not this year at least,” said Tzeporah Berman of ForestEthics. “But we need to start making serious environmental changes in how we live during high travel, high consumer times – our list shows how Ontarians can do this locally and effectively.”
 
The green list also recommends:
 

Avoiding children’s jewelry and toys that contain lead, which can harm the brain development of children, leading to lower IQ, hyperactivity and developmental delays

Saying no to plastic trees and buying trees from Ontario tree farms that do not use pesticides, such as Orchard Hill Farms or Drysdale Tree Farms. 

Using re-usable shopping bags to reduce the approximately 65,000 tonnes of plastic that is thrown away during the holidays in Canada.

“Greening our holiday celebrations is one of the easiest ways to do our part to protect the environment and human health,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “Holiday cheer will spread that much further if we all keep the environment in mind.”
 For the entire Top 10 list, please visit www.forestethics.org/greenlist or www.environmentaldefence.ca
 
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Natalie Southworth, ForestEthics, (514) 509-1458
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)