Looking to be a little greener this season?
The holiday season is a time full of love, cheer and good food. But, this can also be a time of excess. Excess gifts, excess wrapping paper, excess food and the list goes on.
If you’re looking to be a little greener this holiday season, we're here to help. We came up with a list of 12 ways to make small changes that will have a big impact on our planet.
12 Tips for a Green Christmas
1) Re-use Christmas tree decorations or go second-hand.
We’re going vintage this year! If you search Christmas decorations on Pinterest you’ll find 60s-70s inspo galore as tree trimmers travel back in time this holiday season. Hit up your favourite vintage seller to pick up some pieces of nostalgia to decorate your home. Or simply head to your local thrift or antique store to curate your own collection.
Not only will you be super on trend this year, you’ll also be creating less waste by choosing vintage or re-used decorations. Win-win!
2) Have fun making handmade decorations.
Handmade decorations are not just for the kids. While you definitely can make some fun Christmas crafts with the kiddos in your life, you can also just make your own! Pinterest is full of handmade decorations that range from first-time crafter to experienced artisan.
3) Turn your houseplants into a Christmas trees.
Can’t decide between a real or fake Christmas tree this year? You don’t have to choose! Both real trees and fake trees can be damaging to the environment.
- Real trees often come with harmful pesticides and cannot be replanted once chopped down.
- Fake trees are made from harmful chemicals and pile up in landfills.
Choose a greener option by decorating your house plants. Decorate a large plant or create your own tree with a plant stand and string lights. Let your imagination run wild!
4) Switch to LED Christmas lights.
The only thing we won’t be going vintage are lights! As many know, LED lights are a smart choice when it comes to lighting just about anything.
LEDs use much less energy than incandescent bulbs and last way longer too! Switching to LEDs is a no brainer.
5) Switch to eco-friendly wrapping paper.
Reuse those shopping bags! Many stores are shifting to more environmentally friendly shopping bags such as paper bags and tote bags. These can easily be reused as gift wrapping.
Wrapping gifts in paper bags, newspapers or flyers is a great way to reuse what you have and still keep the surprise!
6) Opt for fabric wrapping.
Fabric wrapping is a great option when going green this Christmas. It’s basically two gifts in one! When giving fabrics and textiles such as scarfs, tea towels or even shirts, consider using them as the wrapping for smaller gifts.
You can even head to the discount section of your local fabric store to bulk wrap your gifts and encourage the giftees to reuse them the next year.
7) Go for a handmade, reusable advent calendar.
One of the most loved holiday traditions can be made even more special. Did you know the first advent calendar was handmade? Hand making your advent calendar is the perfect way to get creative over the holidays and can even start a new Christmas tradition of filling out the calendar! It may also be a bonus that you can pick the size of your calendar leaving room for even more treats...
Not so crafty or short on time? Check out your local market or find an artisan on Etsy.com who has already done the work for you.
8) Shop local.
“Shop local”... something that has been and will be said over and over! Shopping locally is a great way to find that special and maybe even that ‘one-of-a-kind’ gift for your loved ones this holiday season!
By shopping locally, it nurtures a sense of community, contributes towards creating a sustainable local economy, and makes a dream come true! Of course you may have those certain gifts that you want to buy that aren’t offered locally but for the most part, have a look around your town and you’d be surprised what you can find!
Have you ever heard the saying “when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance”? We speak from experience when we say that is true!
9) Buy gifts that last.
When shopping this holiday season, it’s important not to overbuy but you also want to make sure that the gifts you’re buying are built to last.
Why is that? Often when buying gifts, we tend to pick up what looks good. You’re more than likely thinking to yourself right now, “what’s wrong with that”? In fact, there may be nothing wrong with that but more often than not, some chosen gifts don’t last very long.
Instead of panic buying or shopping at the last minute, try to shop mindfully with gifts that will last. With this being something that we often don’t think about, it may be difficult. Try looking past the picture on your phone screen or the banner hanging in a store window and thinking:
- Will this product last?
- Is this something that may be thrown out in a few months time?
- Is this something that can be used everyday?
- Is it friendly to the environment?
Gifts such as our Nimble Portable Chargers check off the list! All Nimble products not only keep your essential tech items charged everyday but are built to last for years to come. Plus they're made of biodegradable and recycled materials!
10) Give handmade gifts.
Looking to get creative this holiday season? It’s the most wonderful time of year to do just that! Giving handmade gifts not only helps the environment during this busy season but also saves money flying out of your wallet.
Who doesn’t love a tasty holiday treat or a cute keepsake they can hold on to forever?!
11) Choose one big present!
There are several ways that you can cut down on waste this Christmas but this one will save your money and time. Instead of spending money on multiple little presents for your loved ones, think, what’s one thing they would love most?
When it comes to buying a few little presents, it often leads to purchasing unnecessary gifts that are not needed. Plus, buying one big gift actually comes with many perks! Not only does it cut down on time and money but it also allows you to focus on mindfully selecting a gift they could use frequently and love!
Still looking for that one big gift? Maya’s spreading the cheer this holiday season! The Maya Backpack is ethically produced and sustainably crafted and gives back to women, the planet, and you. That’s a Christmas gift that shows the true meaning of giving back this season!
12) Send Christmas e-cards.
Did you know in the United States alone, there are over one billion holiday cards mailed every year? Try sending Christmas e-cards this year! Sending e-cards can drastically reduce the impact that holiday cards have on the environment.
Feel like it doesn’t have the same special meaning? That’s ok! There’s other ways to spread holiday cheer with your loved ones that can be even more special. Options such as voice greetings, getting creative and designing your own virtual card, or even using more eco-friendly cards are other ways to spread some love!
On that note, we wish you a very green and merry holiday season and a Happy New Year!
From all of us at DIOSA. 🎄