Be a green Christmas angel

Create memories, not garbage, says Delta mayor Lois Jackson

  • Dec. 13, 2011 10:00 a.m.

It can be easy being green – especially during the holiday season.

Delta mayor and Metro Vancouver Regional District board of directors chairwoman Lois Jackson is encouraging everyone to be “green angels” this season, and to think about giving gifts that create memories, not garbage.

Snowboarding tickets, passes to the opera or theatre, or a gift certificate for bungee jumping are just some of the ideas the regional district suggests to encouraging green giving.

“This year, create memories with the people you love,” Jackson said.

“We can continue to celebrate different cultural and religious traditions by making gift choices that reduce garbage and help protect the environment. This holiday season, you can be a green angel too.”

This marks the fourth year in a row that Metro Vancouver and its member municipalities are encouraging residents to have a festive and sustainable holiday season.

“Consider that what you purchase will eventually need to be disposed of…think about buying higher quality, more durable gifts. Or, give experiences rather than gifts,” a Metro press release says.

Other green gifts the regional district suggests include:

• classic toys that are made locally and can be passed on;

• one-of-a-kind or handmade accessories for the fashionista in your life;

• a family skating outing;

• hosting a dinner for all your friends;

• treating someone to a live performance (theatre, opera, music concert, comedy);

• teaching a new skill (cooking, snowboarding, etc.);

• making a donation in someone’s name to a cause they support.

Visit www.metrovancouver.org for more green gift ideas.

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