It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks. And after the year we’ve had, we sure to deserve to enjoy the upcoming holidays, don’t you think? So let us rejoice, and we can even go green this holiday season while we’re at it. Want some tips on how to have an eco-friendly holiday season? We’ve got 20 of them for you.
20 Ways to Make the Holidays More Eco-Friendly
Here are several easy ways to have a more eco-friendly holiday season:
1. Don’t purchase new wrapping paper if you can reuse some, make some, or even use your kids artwork for wrapping presents.
3. And be sure to recycle plastic or cardboard tape rolls, paper rolls, and any packaging that can’t be reused.
4. Use recycled batteries for your presents and decorations. The Greenbatteries Store
offers great prices on rechargeable batteries, battery chargers, battery cases and holders. They explain the different types of batteries and offer suggestions for selecting the right batteries.
6. Need new holiday lights? Then try ones with LED bulbs, to help reduce your electricity use and your bill too.
7. Speaking of those holiday lights, make sure they turn on only after dusk rather than keeping them on during daylight hours. It will also save energy use while keeping your electric bill down.
9. One of the simplest ways to go green is to share what you already have. Do a holiday swap with friends instead of buying gifts or decorations. Reduce, reuse, and recycle… remember?
10. When cooking or baking, do so in batches so the oven gets more efficient use.
11. Make a holiday shopping list, and try to buy as many gifts as you can at one store or shopping center. You’ll remember to get something for everyone, and will use less gas driving back and for the to different stores.
12. Use less aluminum foil. Aluminum takes 200-500 years to fully degrade in a landfill. Conserve aluminum and other materials by buying recycled or storing items in reusable containers.
14. Look for organic foods to serve your family for the holiday season (and always). Enjoy your holiday meals without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides. (YUCK.)
15. Drink organic wines. Many people don’t consider that the grapes grown to make wine may be sprayed with the same pesticides, herbicides and such that are used on other conventionally grown crops. Go greener by going organic. OrganicWines.com carries sulphide-free wines, biodynamic wines, red organic wines, white organic wines, and so much more!
16. Make more vegetarian dishes this year. Producing animal-based foods causes significantly greater greenhouse-gas emissions than the production of vegan foods. In fact, meat-eaters generate almost twice as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day as vegetarians.
17. Having company for the holidays? Don’t let your food scraps go to waste. Compost it instead! Don’t have a compost? You can get them at Reuseit.com.
18. You can also keep food fresh longer with eco-friendly food storage and produce savers, like the ones from Reuseit.com.
19. Plant a tree to honor loved ones with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Give-A-Tree Cards. I am a HUGE fan of the Arbor Day Foundation. This makes a perfect teacher gift too!
20. Pass it on to the next generation! Santa Claus is Green is a terrific book in which Santa shows boys and girls that they can give to others while giving back to the Earth, and have fun while they’re doing it! Printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper, this humorous story is full of fun tips and ideas on how kids and families can celebrate an eco-friendly Christmas.
Here’s to a joyous and green holiday season!
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