How to Have a More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

I’ve been giving some thought to how to have a more environmentally friendly Christmas.  As much as I love Christmas, it isn’t always the most environmentally friendly holiday.   I don’t want to enjoy the holiday less, I just want to be more conscious of how my decisions impact our environment.

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How to Have a More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Environmentally Friendly Christmas

We’ve been trying to be more aware of how our actions affect the earth in my home so I thought it only made sense to carry that awareness into the Christmas holiday season.  This year, why not try to incorporate just a few environmentally friendly practices into your family’s Christmas celebration.

How to Have a More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Environmentally friendly Christmas tree

Consider a potted Christmas tree if you want a live tree. We’ve had the same artificial tree for years so we have no plans to toss it and buy a real tree. But, if you use real trees, consider purchasing one that is live and potted and then replant it after Christmas in your yard so it can continue to grow.

Easy 5 minute Christmas ornament

Environmentally friendly Christmas decorations

Use nature for your decorations.  Pine boughs, pine cones, and strings of popcorn and cranberries can all decorate your home just as beautifully as store-bought decorations. Or, consider making your own homemade decorations if you need more rather than buying them new from the store. Consider this 5 minute Christmas ornament that even kids can make.

How to Have a More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Give your tree a new purpose

Recycle your Christmas tree.  If you don’t purchase a living Christmas tree, make sure you recycle your Christmas tree after Christmas.  You can have it cut for wood chips or if you have the property, haul it outside as shelter for the birds and small animals during the winter.

How to Have a More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Environmentally friendly Christmas cards

Consider pairing down your Christmas card list.  Do you need to send 50? 20? 10? Can you hand deliver some when you see relatives instead of mailing them?  Look into Christmas cards that are printed on recycled paper with environmentally friendly ink. Or, make your own Christmas cards or send digital cards.

How to Have a More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Sustainable Christmas gifts

Not all gifts need to be purchased.  Consider making some of them yourself instead. Even better, make gifts that can be used up like a tray of Christmas cookies, a box of peanut butter fudge, a potted plant, or your favorite homemade jam.

Eco-friendly wrapping

Wrap gifts in reusable gift bags instead of in wrapping paper that is thrown out each year. If you do use wrapping paper, purchase recycled paper and reuse it again the next year. Just be careful when you unwrap!

How to Have a More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Eco-friendly Christmas lights

If you like to decorate your yard or house with Christmas tree lights, consider using solar or LED lights that use electricity. LED lighting uses less electricity than traditional lights. And, did you know that you can fix your Christmas lights yourself if you need to?

There are lots of ways you can have a more environmentally friendly Christmas. Which one will you try first?

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Comments

  1. I love using natural decor around my house. These are great tips, thanks for sharing!

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