The time from Thanksgiving (November 27) through Christmas (December 25) is one of the most pollution producing times in our country. During this time we eat more, we spend more, and use more paper & electricity than we do during the year. Here’s some tips on how you can make your holiday festivities fun and eco-friendly.
Buy A Real Tree
People tend to buy fake trees thinking that they re-use them over and over each year but little do they know that the materials used to make your fake tree are not biodegradable. This means your Christmas tree and its toxins are contributing to the tons of waste that we produce that we can’t get rid of. The truth is that even though its wasteful to farm trees just to sit in our living rooms for a month, these trees are producing oxygen while growing and there are great recycling programs for Christmas trees out there. Find out where to recycle your tree at earth911.com.
Eat Less Meat (Or More Local Meat)
Meat is one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas production in our country. Meat production is bad for the environment from the large amounts of waste the animals produce during their lives (that pollute our water supplies and then our crops) to the amount of gas it takes to transport the meat thousands of miles to your supermarket. Eating less meat can help reduce our carbon footprint. If you can’t give up the turkey or the ham, try to buy from a local farmer so you know where your meat is coming from and that the least amount of pollution was produced to get that meat to your place.
Use LED Christmas Lights
This simple trick will save you money and help you lessen your impact on the environment. LED lights consume 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights which means your electric bill won’t soar this holiday season. They come in all colors and are shatterproof and waterproof. Add a timer to make sure your light turn off on a schedule to save energy.
Use Recycled “Wrapping Paper”
Don’t buy new wrapping paper to wrap your presents in. Instead, use paper items you have lying around your house or things you can find from the thrift store like outdated maps, paper bags, fabric or old calendars. Click here for more ideas.
Instead of buying all your decorations each year, you can be more environmentally responsible by making your own decorations. Stockings, garland and ornaments can all be made by hand and are fun activities for the whole family. Click here for more ideas.
Let’s face it, you’re going to buy things for your loved ones. Here’s a green holiday gift guide for your whole family that can having you spending a little more responsibly this year.