I know many of us are trying to be more conscientious of our ecological footprint. That mindset doesn’t have to come to a screeching halt with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Here are some easy tips on having an eco-friendly holiday season.
- Decorate with Natural Elements
You can easily utilize the great outdoors to source materials for your holiday decorating. Some of my favorites are tree clippings to decorate mantels, pinecones as vase or dough bowl filler, and pomegranates to add a rich red hue to your holiday table centerpiece. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about storing these items for next year and they’re fully compostable once the holiday season is over.
- Use Alternative Options for Gift Wrap
A lot of wrapping papers you buy from the store contain non-recyclable plastic, glitter, or foil within them. My personal favorite is using brown paper bags from the grocery store. They act as a great canvas to stamp a print on or have your children create a masterpiece on – making your gift truly customized. Another wonderful option is using a fabric option like a kitchen towel – which is perfect for wrapping other kitchen related items and be used by the gift recipient over and over!
- Switch to LED Holiday Lights
Did you know that LED lights use up to 80% less energy than your traditional incandescent lights? Making the switch can not only save energy, but can lower your electric bill (which is especially helpful when the bill goes up for holiday lights).
- Opt for Healthy, Planet-Friendly Candles
Candles are key for creating a warm, cozy ambience during the holidays. Unfortunately, many of them are made from paraffin, which releases toxic fumes into the air. Stick with candles made from soy or beeswax. Some of my favorites come from a New Hampshire business, Native Candle.
Consider gifting your loved ones experience gifts vs. physical gifts they may grow out of. Some of my favorites include museum memberships and cooking/baking classes. The best part is that with many experiences, you’re supporting a small business – so it’s a win-win!
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