The holidays are a time of celebration. From food to decorations to lights and ornaments to gifts, the holidays provide fun for all. But how can you do it all and still be environmentally conscious? Here are some easy things you can do to enjoy the holidays while still remaining eco-friendly.
Start with gifts
Consider purchasing eco-friendly gifts or gifts you know will be put to good use and not end up in the trash. Besides, no one wants or needs more “junk.”
Locally manufactured items do not have to be shipped across the country, which cuts down on the amount of vehicle pollution.
Stick to a one gift rule
One quality gift may be more appreciated and it will ensure there is no excess waste.
Use wrapping paper alternatives
Yes, there is a beauty and elegance of individually-wrapped gifts. But when the wrapping paper is ripped off, it can end up in the trash. Consider using gift bags that can be reused for years to come. If you want to express your creativity, buy recycled brown paper gift bags and decorate them yourself.
Buy energy-saving LED holiday lights
Thanks to technology, you can now decorate your home with LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than other conventional holiday lights. Not only is it good for the environment, but your wallet will thank you, as you’ll save money on your energy bill during the holiday season!
Many people have opted for a fake tree to help save resources. The counter argument is that can be wasteful too as many end up on the curb and then in a landfill. You can avoid this by getting a real tree. If it’s small enough to put in a pot then you can use it year after year. If it’s a larger real tree, then you can get rid of it responsibly by doing any of the following:
- Replant it outdoors
- Cut it up and use it as firewood once it properly dries and seasons
- Put it through a wood chipper to be used as mulch
Stuff stockings with yummy, natural treats
How many times have you received small, plastic trinkets that end up broken by the end of January? Instead, fill your stockings with yummy, healthy treats like dried fruit, nuts and even homemade holiday cookies.
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