Christmas is a time for gift-giving, delicious food, and family togetherness. It is also the time of the year when most of the world produces the most waste. Don’t get overwhelmed with all the celebrations, stay responsible and make use of these helpful green living ideas to keep the world clean and green. Here, we give you some ways to go green and celebrate the holidays in an eco-friendly fashion.
Ways To Go Green With Your Holiday Celebration
Holiday Shopping And Gift-Giving
1. Shop and Help
- Support small businesses as close to home as possible.
- Support non-profit organizations – many non-profits sell calendars, products, and vouchers to support their activities.
- Practice the custom of giving through the following:
- Give money to a local charity.
- Sponsor a child overseas.
- Donate unwanted presents to local charity shops or to reuse centers.
2. Go for Sustainable Materials
- Choose gifts made from recycled sources.
- Choose gifts made from are all natural, renewable materials.
- Organic cotton, hemp, silk, wood
3. Make a Gift and “Re-Gift”
- Give DIY or homemade gifts.
- Make your own greeting cards from recycled paper.
- Give your loved ones a treat rather than a gift – such as a massage or tickets to a show.
4. Eco-Friendly and Recyclable
- Avoid glossy foil or metallic paper.
- Use environmentally friendly wrapping paper
- Hemp, paper made of recycled material.
- Use recycled material.
- Wrap gifts with newspaper, old calendars, maps, posters or children’s artwork.
- Fabric scraps can be tied together to make bows and strings.
- Make gift tags from recycled materials like old greeting cards or postcards.
5. Save and Reuse
- Open large gift packages with care so you can reuse the gift wrapper.
- Ribbons and bows.
- Bubble wrap can be stored for reuse, or recycled.
- Cardboard boxes.
6. Use Natural Decor
- Avoid plastic ornaments and opt for wood, burlap, or organic cotton.
- Bring in elements from the outdoors to incorporate into your home, such as a wreath of pine boughs.
- Opt for a living Christmas tree from a local grower.
- Recycle, repurpose, or upcycle to make your own ornaments.
7. Use LED Lights and Timers
- LED bulbs can save you up to 90% or more on power costs and will last longer than traditional bulbs.
- Set your timer to switch off your Christmas lights before you go to bed.
- Switch off your Christmas lights when you’re out.
Food And Party
8. Organic, Local, and Free-Range
- Choose a heritage turkey or grass-fed, organically raised roast.
- Buy locally grown vegetables from the farmer’s market.
- Buy locally sourced and seasonal food from your local produce markets.
- Buy organic or free-range food and support and/or Fairtrade food.
- Buy food with minimal packaging.
9. Clean Up
- Compost food scraps.
- Use all-natural household cleaners.
- Run only full loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
- Throw cloth napkins and tablecloths in with other laundry.
Watch this interesting video on how to go green this holiday season:
This list is just handful of the many ways to go green during the hustle of the holiday season. None of them post any challenge, and anyone can follow them to their own advantage. Share these helpful ways with family and friends and make a difference helping the world become a better place to live in! Have a joyful and environmentally-friendly holiday!
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