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EVEN LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFTS CAN BE 'GREEN'

 ATLANTA, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Check that list again: are you giving Aunt Sara and Cousin Terrence gifts of the green this holiday season? Green as in environment, as in presents that give a nod to the future of the planet.
 Renewing Old Acquaintance and the Earth
 "This is the time of the year when we renew old friendships and family ties. It's the perfect time for renewing the Earth as well," says Lynn Cobb, program coordinator of Georgia Clean and Beautiful. The nonprofit organization, housed in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, is the statewide chapter of Keep America Beautiful Inc.
 Green gifts can range from items that use a minimal amount of packaging to those made with recycled materials, Cobb notes. Last- minute shoppers still have time to pick up a 1993 calendar that's printed on recycled paper, for example. "Many stationery items are now printed on recycled fibers," Cobb points out. "You might even find gift wrap that's made from recycled paper."
 For a truly green present, Cobb suggests you give the gardener on your list a native tree or shrub to plant in the spring. "A lot of native plants are drought-resistant, so they help conserve water," she says.
 Include a packet of rechargeable batteries along with youngsters' toys, or energy-efficient light bulbs with the desk lamp you're giving your college freshman. As Cobb observed: "Probably every gift on you list has some Earth-friendly potential. Every green gesture counts, no matter how small."
 Stockings and Garbage Cans
 The holiday season is traditionally wrapped in layers of paper and ribbons. As a result, says Lynda Long, "It's not just stockings that get filled this time of year. So do garbage cans."
 Long is director of corporate and public affairs for Waste Management of North America-South. The company, which provides waste collection and disposal services for many Georgia communities, also operates the award-winning Recycle America service. Over 62,000 Georgia households are on Waste Management's recycling route.
 Long offers these tips for cutting down on the crush of post-holiday throwaways:
 -- Wrap a book in a cloth handkerchief. "Books are a good Earth
 gift, because they're reusable," Long adds. "You can pass them
 around to friends and then donate them to the local library."
 -- Use a man's tie as the bow around the box containing a new shirt.
 -- Place a gift inside a reusable canvas tote instead of a box.
 -- Wrap baby gifts in a small blanket or a cloth diaper, and secure
 with safety pins rather than tape.
 -- Save the wrapping paper and bows from the presents you receive to
 use again next year.
 And if the gifts you buy Aunt Sara and Cousin Terrence aren't quite what they had on their wish list, suggest that they make a gift of their presents to their favorite charitable organization.
 "Tell them not to feel guilty about passing their presents along," says Cobb. "They're just adding some green of their own to the season."
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 /CONTACT: Lynda Long, director of corporate and public affairs of Waste Management of N.A. South, 305-771-9850/


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