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KNOXVILLE — Fretting that the tree may be the only part of the holiday season that is green?

Experts say household waste often increases more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That means the holidays can have a negative impact on the environment.

However, there are ways to make the holidays more environmentally friendly.

“Small changes to our routines can help make the holiday season more fun and less wasteful,” said Gordie Bennett, UT Knoxville’s sustainability manager.

An informal poll of UT Knoxville faculty and staff members found some unique and easy tips for “greening” the holidays this season.

Here is another energy-saving holiday tip from UT Knoxville faculty and staff:

“I usually collect boxes that I would otherwise have to take to recycling and I try to use them for packing Christmas presents that I send to friends abroad or in the U.S. or give to family.” – Heather Grigsby, coordinator, Programs Abroad.