How To Have a Greener Christmas

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These tips on how to have a greener Christmas will help you reduce waste and save money. I love being able to show off my Christmas spirit but I’d like to minimize the impact that has on our environment. Christmas can be a very commercialized holiday that lends itself to wasteful behavior if we aren’t careful. Looking for tips on how to have a greener Christmas? Keep reading and I’ll share my favorites.

How To Have a Greener Christmas

How To Have a Greener Christmas

Having a green Christmas can mean different things to different people. For me, having a green Christmas means being sure that my enjoyment of the holiday doesn’t have a negative impact on someone else’s life.

  • Shop local businesses as often as possible. Supporting your local economy and minimizing transportation is one way to lessen the impact of your purchases. For those that are crafty, I also recommend making a few gifts when you can.
  • Watch the wrapping paper. You can wrap your presents in recycled wrapping paper or even re-use wrapping paper that is still in good condition. You could also choose to use a reusable gift bag or a cloth bag. Try wrapping gifts in comic strip paper, an old map or sheet music. Be sure to recycle it when you’re done.
  • Give an experience. For those people who are trying to declutter and  are fans of minimalism, they may prefer the gift of an experience. Consider tickets to a show, season passes to the local zoo or a few evenings of free babysitting.
  • Watch the electrical load. All those Christmas lights can really have an impact. If you must use them, be certain to turn them off at bedtime or at the very least, put them on a timer so that they shut off at midnight. Use LED lights which use much less electricity than Christmas lights.
  • Choose a live tree. If you need a new Christmas tree this year, choose a live tree over an artificial tree. Trees from tree farms are a renewable resource and are normally locally grown.
  • Avoid the batteries. Discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Pick gifts that don’t use batteries whenever possible. If you absolutely must give a battery operated toy, choose batteries that can be recharged instead of thrown away.
  • Give back. Take time over the holidays to give back in some way. Make suet feeders for the birds to enjoy during the winter. Drop off food at your local food shelf or spend time with the animals at the local animal shelter.
  • Slow down. Take some time to slow down and enjoy the holiday. Christmas doesn’t have to be about how much you buy and how many people you visit.

These tips on how to have a green Christmas will still let you enjoy the holidays while treading a little bit lighter on our world and our resources. How do you have a greener Christmas?

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How To Have a Greener Christmas

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Comments

  1. Great tips!  We always give back during the holiday season!  
  2. Thank you for all of the wonderful tips.  I have reused wrapping paper and gift bags for years which is greener but also saves money.  

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