10 Ways to Go Green for the Holidays
Here are ten ways to be more environmentally and wallet-friendly this holiday season.
As you shop and decorate this holiday season, think green. Here are 10 ways to help make your holiday experience more environmentally friendly.
1. Buy a living tree to plant outside after the holidays
2. Use LED lighting for all your holiday decorations
LED lights are known for being much more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs. They also last longer without sacrificing brightness, so your decorations can stand our from the rest.
3. Place decorative lights on a timer to save electricity
Save a little on the electricity bill by installing a timer on your holiday decorations. Choose to have the lights come on for a few hours at dark and turn off at bedtime.
4. Knit, sew, bake, or otherwise create your own gifts
5. Buy party snacks and beverages in bulk to avoid extra packaging
Plus, you’ll be glad that you don’t have to make an extra trip to the store for more groceries.
6. Serve food with washable utensils, plates, and glasses
Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing reusable dinnerware or just bring out your everyday dishes.
7. Try to consolidate your shopping trips to save time and fuel
Plan what you need to purchase and where you need to go. It could save you time and money at the gas pump.
8. Use reusable cloth bags for your holiday purchases
You might already have a few on hand for your trips to the grocery store. So why not use them for holiday shopping, too? Keep them in your trunk so you won’t forget them at home.
9. Wrap presents in creative materials such as fabrics, old maps, or sheet music
Use something you have on hand. Add a pine cone, other greenery, and some twine for personalized, DIY gift wrap.
10. Save ribbons, ties, bags, and other wrapping to reuse next year
Most of these items can be used more than once—especially fabric ribbons and bags. Keep them for next year or use for a different occasion like birthdays or anniversaries.
References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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