Throwing an eco-friendly New Year's Eve party

Help kids ring in the New Year—and celebrate the Earth—with these fun and festive tips.

Christa Dunlap still remembers folding origami animals with her son instead of buying decorations for the holidays. “I came from a big family and we didn’t waste anything,” says Dunlap, program director at California State University of Northridge’s Child and Family Studies Center. “We made new things out of old things.”

Reusing and recycling for a family New Year’s Eve party is a great way to ring in the New Year—and teach children that protecting the planet can also be fun. “Origami out of newspaper circulars make a great New Year’s garland,” Dunlap says. “Everything is new when you’re looking through kids’ eyes.”

This kind of thinking is needed especially around the holidays. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans

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