It’s easy to get swept away by the pressure to over-consume during the holiday season. An eco-friendly Christmas is not always top of mind but with a little planning, it’s pretty easy to stay “green” this time of year. Below I listed my favorite ways to strive for an eco-friendly Christmas holiday when throwing parties, decorating your home and tree, and purchasing gifts.
- Turn down the heat before guests arrive – warm bodies will heat up the space naturally and you will save energy
- Keep to-go containers on hand to send guests home with leftovers to reduce food waste
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper – re-usable AND fancier table presentation
- Shop used! Look at second hand stores for your holiday decorations. The best time to do this is immediately after the holiday season to prepare for the following year – this is also a great way to save money!
- Use smaller LED lights, they require less energy and they’re more durable
- There are strong debates about whether a real or fake Christmas tree is more eco friendly, but the ultimate option is using a living tree already in your home. This year we wrapped Christmas lights around our house plants instead!
- Buy used ornaments – flea markets often have vendors selling awesome antique ornaments (my mother in law is fantastic at collecting these!)
- Use compostable decorations – stringing popcorn and creating gingerbread or dried citrus slice ornaments are great alternatives to plastic tinsel or store bought ornaments
- Buy used whenever possible
- Gift experiences instead of “things”
- Bring your own bags when shopping for gifts
- Be mindful of shipping waste (this is something I can definitely improve on!) shopping in stores can reduce excessive packaging and fuel waste
- Use recycled wrapping paper