Just because the holidays are overflowing
with food, paper and gifts doesn't mean you have to ignore the environment. Here
are ideas for reusing and recycling regular Christmas items to help you go green
while also celebrating the holidays.
Find all the Christmas cards that have
been sent to you. If they don't look nice or have writing
on it don't use them. Focus on the good ones that leave space for writing your
Cut the side with the
picture, especially on the hinge. This will ensure you
get all, if not most, of the image.
Make a shape. Either turn the actual shape
suggested by the image into the tag, or make a distinctive tag shape, such as
the typical luggage tag shape.
Punch holes in the top of the tag for a
ribbon. This makes it easy to attach the tag and
is a nice finishing look. Alternatively, the tag can simply be attached by tape
to each gift.
Gather the Christmas
cards. You'll also need a craft punch with a
holiday shape or a simple shape like a circle, some small round stickers, all
one color or a variety of colors, and some string.
shapes from the
cards. If you don't have a
craft punch or want more variety, trace shapes over the cards using a pencil and
cut them out. Cookie cutters make an excellent
Cut a length of string long enough to
hang on a wall, around the tree, etc. The length is entirely up to your
Attach the punched-out
shapes. Use the round stickers to attach the back
of the card shape to the string. The stickers form part of the whole design so
be sure to stick neatly and center the card
needed or store for the next holiday season. Add to the
garland year after year by attaching more string and adding new
Better than Original Gift
Find the Christmas cards with the best
images. Check that the images will fit the gift
or bottle bag without being too large.
Cut out the image. Carefully glue it in place on the gift
bag. Allow to dry before use.
Use to improve plain color gift
wrapping. Keep a selection of nice card images in
a box. When wrapping your next round of Christmas gifts, glue these onto the
wrapped object for adding the final festive touch. This will only work once the
gift has been wrapped.
Other suggestions for the
your own Christmas star.
2) Make placemats from old
3) Make paper chains from old Christmas
cards. These can be hung around a tree, on the wall, etc. for the holiday
Volume IV, Issue 3
In a world where security is always a concern, one
Wichita-based business is working to help companies ensure the safety of both
employees and customers.
Ten years ago Todd Sutcliffe, president and CEO of the
National Screening Bureau, (NATSB)worked for a
credit bureau and learned about the process and importance of background
screening. He says he knew there could be technology changes that could enhance
credit and background screening so when the credit bureau was purchased by
Experian, Sutcliffe left the company to set out on his own.
Thus, NATSB began in a small rented space with Sutcliffe as
the owner and business developer while his wife, Sherri, ran reports
from their home. Back then he traveled many, many miles to sign new clients,
attend trade shows and promote his business. Today his company has increased to
a dozen employees and while Kansas is still home base, 60-percent of his client
base is in Florida and Alaska.
NATSB has also grown beyond background checks. Sutcliffe
offers drug testing for companies that want to ensure a drug-free work place as
well as human resource consulting for companies that want to be sure their
business is compliant with HR laws and regs. NATSB most recently added a
development program to teach effective management styles and techniques.
"We ran some of our own staff through this program and saw
a 30-percent increase in productivity," he says. "This saved us from hiring
Sutcliffe says he has learned businesses like to work with
companies they consider to be responsible and that the side effect of doing
things right like recycling and caring for the environment can have the actual
benefit of higher security.
"Some companies still use paper and faxing,"
he says. "But they should know leaving personal information on paper and out in
the open, is not only is a much slower process, but more wasteful and can
reflect in unnecessary overhead costs. Being green can actually increase
efficiency in the workplace."
NATSB joined Green Biz Wichita because of Sutcliff's
connection with GBW President Dixie Larson. He says he knew a membership was a
noble cause and that it would bring similar-minded clients through his doors.
When he filled out the membership application he just hoped to win the
Sun Cruiser Fat Tire bike offered by the organization this fall at EXPOsure.
Sutcliffe also realized being green can't hurt.
"I honestly didn't know there would be so much networking
offered with Green Biz," he says. "I think it's the politically correct thing to
do. I have three kids who enjoy the outdoors and I want to be sure to pass on a
happy planet to them. Businesses
have a responsibility to go green. I would have paid double the
membership level to join Green Biz Wichita."
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