- Give handmade gifts and decorations. This is also a great thing to do with children (and a way to keep them busy) during the holidays.
- When wrapping presents, use recycled wrapping paper. If you buy holiday cards to send out to friends and family, buy ones made from 100% recycled paper as well -- or better yet, send e-cards.
- An alternative to using disposable wrapping paper would be to purchase reusable fabric bags to wrap gifts. This even encourages others to save money and the environment because they can then reuse them too. Check out Wrap Sacks and visit their website to find out where you can buy them.
- When you unwrap presents, keep the bags to wrap presents for the next year (or use them for other holidays if they arent holiday-related bags). Keep any tissue or wrapping paper that is not destroyed as well.
- If you ship presents out through the mail, use shredded junk mail to cushion whatever is in the package instead of buying Styrofoam peanuts or plastic bubble wrap.
- Lastly, buy your holiday dinner from local farms and markets. This can boost rural jobs, give you chemical-free food, reduce carbon emissions and gas usage.
I hope that all of these tips are useful and encouraging when it comes to making your holiday season environmentally friendly. Have a happy, warm and safe holiday!
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The holiday season is a time of the year when the most energy and resources are used, but also gives us many opportunities to conserve them. Here are some tips that can really make your winter holidays green:
- If your family celebrates Christmas and gets a real Christmas tree, you can recycle them when the holiday is over. See this website for more information.
- Recycle all of your holiday decorations! Dont buy new garland, lights, ornaments and other decorations. Put them in boxes in the attic or basement to use the next year. This will not only help with the energy used to make all these products, but it will help your wallet as well!
- When it comes to decorating the exterior of your house with festive lights, I am sure you are aware that it becomes pricey when paying your electricity bill. A few tips when it comes to these lights are to not leave your lights on all day and to use solar or LED lights. If you leave your lights off during the day and turn them off before you go to sleep then it saves you money and it helps the environment (this may seem like common sense, but I have seen Christmas lights left on all day). Using solar and LED lights help the environment and your holiday costs by reducing energy use.