Tips for a Greener Christmas

 i started looking at some eco-statistics about christmas and quickly got overwhelmed. rather than list a bunch of statistics, i just want to touch on the basics. we all know that the holiday season generally means lots of consumption and lots of waste. gifts, wrapping paper, christmas cards, decorations and the list goes on and on! here are just a few simple ways we can green our christmas, just a little more.

- when possible, choose sustainable materials for gifts that use organic cotton, hemp, silk, wood... or otherwise all natural, renewable materials. they are special gifts and support sustainable famers.

- shop small and support your local stores, especially if those stores also sell locally made items.

- decorate with nature - avoid plastic decor and bring the outdoors in with evergreen wreaths and pin boughs.

- try purchasing wrapping paper made from recycled materials. you can also skip the paper all together and reuse items from around the house. use fabric scraps, newspaper, maps, vintage sewing patterns, reusable shopping bags and more!

- use energy-efficient LED lighting: if your strands of lights are older than 10 years it will be more efficient to replace them with newer, LED bulbs (they are 90% more efficient!).

- make your own greeting cards or use an online service like paperless post.

- about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. consider buying rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts, as rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away, and can save money in the long run.

- recylcle - any non-glossy paper wrapping can be shredded for the compost or added to the recycling bins. be sure to keep the bows and ribbons for multiple uses, as well as tissue paper, gift bags and boxes.

i hope one or two of these things might help in keeping christmas green!


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