The holiday season is officially in full-swing. While this is a very joyous time of year for most, it is also not difficult to get overwhelmed in the hustle and bustle between attending and/or hosting various events and gatherings, and of course the duty of SHOPPING to find the best for those on your list this year. With all that goes on this time of year it can be easy to forget about our “green” habits and unfortunately studies show this to be the most wasteful time of year in the United States. We have a great article coming up next week on all you can do to help make it a sustainable season. But for today we’re going to focus on one aspect; keeping it local. If you’re finding it difficult to include multiple green items on your holiday to-do list, this is one great thing worth focussing on. Not only does buying local help reduce energy and resources required in shipping and transportation of products, but it also supports our local economy.
We are lucky in New York State to have so many great options available. Here are some gift suggestions right within the greater Rochester area:
Don’t forget to think outside of the box (the gift box that is) for other local options:
This last one can be an exciting challenge. Watch here to see how UR Dining combined their annual Local Foods Week with International Education Week by creating an international menu made from local ingredients. What an accomplishment!!