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Recently, we focused on ways to reduce the waste that is often produced during the holidays – and ends up lingering in landfills.

Here are some more useful – and in many ways unique – tips on hosting an eco-holiday gathering at home or in the office courtesy of Ford C-MAX’s Danny Seo, one of America’s foremost authorities on environmentally responsible living:

*Gift wrap with trash. You know those old, obsolete VHS tapes you were planning to scrap? Use the shiny black tape inside instead of ribbon to wrap gifts. They curl with scissors just like store-bought ribbon.

*Make upcycled ornaments. Take old cardboard boxes and make faux gingerbread ornaments. Just cut out silhouettes like cookies, “frost” them with white T-shirt puffy paint, and voile!

*Choose organic fruit as an edible gift. Uncommon and in-season produced makes the perfect green gift when presented in biodegradable cellophane wrapped with a bow.

*Live gifts rock. A plant is something friends and loved ones can enjoy year-round. However, choose one that requires little or no upkeep, such as flowering succulents or colorful cacti.

*Opt for a real tree and replant it after the holidays. And be sure to use LED lights to decorate it.

*Drive green this holiday season – and beyond. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle that truly fits your needs. If you’re a city dweller, you can charge up a Focus Electric between stops. Or, if you drive a mix of highway and city, A Ford hybrid fits the bill. For example, the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid gets more than 100 MPGe. You could make it through the entire holiday season without filling up your tank!

For more information on West Palm Beach’s free electric vehicle charging stations, click here.

And for more green holiday tips, click here.

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