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A Note from Jane

November marks the beginning of the holiday season for many of us. We find ourselves holiday shopping and planning meals and parties. Let’s try to celebrate the season in ways that will not trash the planet.
Holiday Meals
  • Take reusable bags to the store
  • Buy organic or local ingredients
  • Compost kitchen scraps
  • Recycle cooking oil at your city or county facility
  • Only prepare the amount of food your family and friends will eat
Thanks to Rosewood Market for passing along tips for both reducing food waste and saving money when you cook.
Holiday Decorations
  • Compost past-prime pumpkins
  • Choose LED lights
  • Avoid glitter, which contributes to micro-plastics in our water  
  • Consider buying a live tree that can be replanted after the holidays. SC DNR suggests species that can thrive in our climate: Virginia pine, Scotch pine, sand pine, spruce pine, Eastern red cedar, white cedar, Leyland cypress and two varieties of Arizona smooth cypress developed in South Carolina: Clemson Greenspire and Carolina Sapphire.
  • Do something wonderful with your live tree after the holidays
Holiday Parties
  • Use washable tableware or compostable cups, plates, napkins and table cloths
  • Recycle bottles and cans curbside or at your convenience center
  • Donate leftover food
Holiday Greetings
  • Send e-greetings
  • Upcycle cards from “holidays past”
Need some old cards? Contact Kim Noe
Holiday Gifts
  • Give a native tree, compost bin or rain barrel
  • Consider Lego’s more sustainable Tree-House
  • Give a homemade gift
National Audubon suggests making holiday wreaths to feed backyard birds.
National Wildlife Federation offers these plans for building bat houses and screech owl nest boxes.
Holiday Wrap
  • Wrap with another gift (like a pretty towel)
  • Choose gift wrap and ribbon that can be reused or will biodegrade in your compost bin
Gift Packaging
  • Empty and flatten boxes for recycling
  • Skip poly packing peanuts (shredded paper works well and will biodegrade quickly in a backyard composter)
Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling



Columbia artist Karl L. Larsen recently unveiled his 12,000 plastic bottle sculpture, shaped like a single-use plastic drink bottle and large enough to sit inside.

The sculpture reminds us how many single serve bottles are thrown away every year.

Visit the sculpture at the West Columbia Riverwalk.
Read More About the Sculpture



Pictured above are Sara Green, Executive Director of SCWF, and Mayor Steve Benjamin with National Wildlife Federation president and CEO, Collin O’Mara.

The City of Columbia was recently named a “National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat.” Columbia is South Carolina’s largest city to be given this honor, and more than 790 local properties were certified in the process. It is never too late to apply to certify your yard.
Learn How



Clara & Ray’s Ristorante Italiano

Clara & Ray’s Ristorante Italiano in Lexington not only serves delicious pizza but also places a protective sheet of paper underneath each pizza, leaving the carry-out box perfectly clean for recycling. Let’s all encourage our favorite pizza restaurants to do the same!

Did You Know?

You can calculate your carbon footprint! Your carbon footprint is the sum of all the greenhouse gas emissions you produce through your day-to-day activities. Rosewood Market Shares a way for us to calculate our carbon footprint! Try it out!

Sonoco News

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco, has announced the creation for Orion r®, a high-performance temperature-controlled box rental service.

Orion r’s innovative long-duration design, featuring rugged, lightweight Sonoco-molded automotive EPP, is substantially more reusable than existing rental parcels. It enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively and sustainably ship small parcels globally.

Upcoming Events 

Adopt-A-Stream Training  
On chemical and bacterial protocol.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sesquicentennial State Park
Contact: Karen Jackson
Learn More and Register

EEASC Green Messaging Table
“Worlds of Creativity” First Thursday Event Celebrating the art, culture and environment of France.

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St.

Congaree Land Trust Fall Celebration
Paddle and Pickin’ on the Broad

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Erin Eisele
Tickets and Information

Palmetto Pride “Grab A Bag SC” 
Statewide litter campaign

Sweet Grass Basket Workshop
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia Art Center
1227-C Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201
Registration Contact: Brenda Oliver
Phone: 803-545-3093

Paper Lantern Workshop
Location: Columbia Art Center
1227-C Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201
Registration Contact: Brenda Oliver
Phone: 803-545-3093

Keep the Midlands Beautiful annual Gala for a Green Midlands

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