Along with the most wonderful time of the year also tends to come the most trash and energy expenses of year – and that doesn’t make the holidays any less stressful. If you are concerned about the effect your habits around Christmas time will have on the environment, then you’ve come to the right place. We have some friends at BiologiQ, a company that produces environmentally sustainable plastics in the form of plastic resin pellets, and they have put together this list of ways to be more eco-friendly this Christmas.
When walking through the store around Christmas time, we tend to want to grab all of the cutesy decorations we can find. But that’s only going to add clutter to our home and trash to the landfills. Try to keep your decorations clean and simple. Sometimes just a touch of décor is all we need for it to feel like Christmas.
Recycle and reuse last year’s decorations. This saves you time and money, and you don’t have to worry about throwing away all that plastic packaging. If you want your house to look different from last year, rearrange the decorations in a new way.
Use natural decorations this year. Instead of picking up plastic ornaments and mantle decorations, use wooden items and things that you can find outside your home – like pinecones, pine branches, flowers. Use these items to add natural accents to your decorations. When the season is over, you can burn them or place them back outside.
Do your research on sustainable options for Christmas trees. A real tree in the short term is a better option than an artificial tree because it supports local businesses and can be used for mulch and is a biodegradable option. However, you plan on reusing an artificial tree every year for the next 10 years, that might be the better option.
Lights are definitely a favorite when it comes to Christmas decorations. Lights in the trees, hung all around the exterior of the house, and sometimes the interior, too! If you have old Christmas lights, it might be wise to purchase new LED lights that will save on energy costs and last a lot longer.
Replace Light Bulbs
Often when a light bulb burns out in Christmas tree lights the entire strand will be affected, and people end up throwing it away. It is much more efficient to take the time to find and replace the defected light bulb then to throw away the whole string of lights.
Instead of purchasing a bunch of cutesy plastic or ceramic decorations from a major retailer, stay home and make decorations with your family. Use scrap paper, nature, and other items you can find around your home to make simple Christmas decorations.
Do you send out Christmas cards ever year? This is another item you can handcraft for a more sustainable Christmas. And it is sure to mean a lot more to someone when they receive a gift that you handmade especially for them.
Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper
Choose non-glossy wrapping papers that can be recycled. You can even use newspapers and butcher paper dressed up with a pretty ribbon or bow.
When it’s time for the wrapping paper to come off the gifts, recycle it. Any non-glossy paper can be recycled or used for compost. You can also save and reuse bows, ribbons, boxes, and bags next year.