It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, it’s also the time of year when we consume more stuff, and produce more waste, than the rest of the year combined.
What if this year we made a conscious effort to be more intentional with our celebrations to reduce our consumption and our waste, to simplify our celebrations, and to enjoy the most important things, which aren’t really things at all?
Here are 21 ways that you can simplify and green your Christmas celebrations this year.
1. Wrap gifts with the comics, your kid’s art projects, or even better, reusable fabric gift bags.
2. Save boxes, tissue paper, gift bags, ribbon, bows, etc. after opening gifts to reuse again next year.
3. Instead of running out to the store, make easy, last minute homemade gifts using things you already have around the house. You can find tons on inspiration on Pinterest and by googling last-minute homemade gifts.
4. Turn off your Christmas lights at bedtime, or use a timer, to make sure that your lights don’t stay on all night long.
7. Give fun experiences like sports or theater tickets, zoo or museum passes, or dance or photography classes.
9. Clean out and donate unused toys before Christmas.
10. Buy locally made gifts that will support your local economy.
11. Switch your lights to LED Christmas lights.
13. Recycle your Christmas Tree.
15. Find decorations, and decorating materials, at thrift stores.
16. Recycle and repurpose items you already have to make unique decorations.
17. Use real plates, silverware, glasses and cloth napkins, instead of disposable, at your holiday get together.
18. Choose a local, organically-raised turkey for your Christmas meal.
19. Then use the turkey bones and leftover veggies to make homemade stock.
20. Make sure to eat up leftovers, or send them home with guests, so that no food goes to waste.
21. Use local, in-season, produce, as much as possible.
How do you green your family’s Christmas celebrations?
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