Who needs a white Christmas...I'm dreaming of a green Christmas! And, with these 3 tips for a more sustainable giving season, you can celebrate the holidays and your environmental values.
- Reuse, Reuse, Reuse
If you're like me, you have a long shopping list during the holiday season. But, you may be able to cross off wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, and cookie tins. I recommend keeping the bows, ribbon, decorative bags, and nice paper you receive all year long, and re-using these items to make someone else's package special. Similarly, I collect cookie tins and baskets to re-use when it's my turn to give a treat.
- Decorate with Found Items
Want your house to look like a holiday magazine, but not sure about purchasing all new decor? Have children make garlands and wreaths from leftover construction paper, wild berries, fruits and nuts. Craft homespun centerpieces from boughs and pinecones gathered in your yard. Brighten up doors and hallways with holiday greeting cards. Trade decorations with friends or family to add a "new" flair to your home. Pinterest ain't got nothing on you!
- Buy a live holiday tree - with roots to plant
Instead of a cut tree, try a tree that could be planted in your yard (or a school, park, or neighbor's yard) after the holidays. If you do have a cut tree, make sure it gets composted when you're done, rather than adding it to a land-fill.
However you celebrate, have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!