You can reduce the footprint of a medium-sized live tree by donating it to elephants at a local zoo, like this African elephant pictured above. eans / iStock / Getty Images The holiday season is supposed to be about giving and sharing, but often it is actually about throwing away. The U.S. generates 25 percent more garbage between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than it does during the rest of the year. That’s around one million extra tons per week, according to National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) figures reported by The Associated Press . Waste is a big part of the major environmental crises currently harming life on Earth. Around 8 million metric tons of plastic pollution end up in the oceans each year, where they kill 100,000 marine animals and around one million seabirds a year, according to Ocean Crusaders . And Project Drawdown found that reducing food waste was the third most effective solution for reducing the amount of planet-warming greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and fighting the climate crisis . So how can you celebrate without ending up on Earth’s naughty list? Here are three tips for a holiday season that honors nature’s gifts. 1. Make Your […]

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