Monday, December 7, 2009

Green Your Hanukkah

The eco-miracle at the heart of Hanukkah is that one day of oil lasted for eight days; Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century and is a good time for us to rededicate ourselves to the larger environmental issues at hand.

How can we make our resources last and green Hanukkah this year? If you are purchasing a new menorah, look for one that is made from recycled material. Ten Thousand Villages has a menorah that is made in India from recycled bicycle chains and the recycled glass menorahs are stunning. Check with your local artisans, many will craft one for you.

Use menorah candles made from renewable ingredients like soy, palm oil, and beeswax.
Opt for an electric menorah. Did you know that every menorah candle that burns produces approximately 15 grams of CO2? It’s not a huge amount, but collectively it adds up.
Make Star of David frames and decorations from Popsicle sticks.
Make your own dreidel from recycled cardboard.
Make your own gifts. Homemade gifts are more special than anything you can buy. Adopt an animal or plant a tree in honor of someone.
Buy recycled Hanukkah cards or better yet make your own. Send an e-card.
Buy only gold coins that are fair trade chocolate.
Keep it green this Hanukkah and rededicate your home with eco-friendly choices.

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