While Christmas is undoubtedly the most wonderful of holidays, it is not the most environment-friendly. The festive season is the period of the peak of waste and consumption since we tend to buy and cook more than usual. From the trees, decorations, or gifts we buy, to the food we eat, there is always a way to make it more eco-friendly and sustainable, especially now, when our planet really needs it.
No matter for whom you are buying the gifts, purchasing a quality that will last is always the key to sustainable presents. Luckily, a lot of companies are going the sustainable route here.
Don’t worry, we won’t make you give up your Christmas decorations. Here are some ideas on how to make your house and your tree beautiful and environment-friendly.
Rethink your decorations
Decorations are a crucial part of Christmas, and they make the holiday much happier and brighter. The best solution is not to buy anything new. Your decorations and ornament will only last for a month, and then be tossed out, contributing to the eight million tonnes of plastic that is dumped in our oceans every year! If you do not have any old decorations to reuse, and you were thinking of buying more Christmas lights, it is better to go for LED lamps, since they are more environmentally-friendly than the traditional lights, because they use up to 80% less energy.
Instead of rushing to the store and buying all the decorations, why not try to make them yourself? That way, you will appreciate them more, and it can make the holiday even more enjoyable, especially if you include your family in the process. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of recycling and a great way for them to use their creativity.
Make your own wrapping paper
Wrapping paper that we buy contains a lot of non-recyclable material, like foil, glitter, or plastic. If you want to buy the wrapping paper, look online for the companies that make the recyclable paper, or simply make them yourself. Reuse old newspapers and magazines, or even your old clothes to create beautiful bows and knots. The effort you put into it is really worth it. Every present will be unique. Buy, you do not even have to have the gifts wrapped, sometimes it is not necessary.
Skip the cards
Although it is nice to receive a beautiful Christmas note, it can harm our trees significantly. It is estimated that all those cards, that eventually get thrown away cost us about 33 million trees! Go for the recyclable cards that the recipient can compost after Christmas day, or ditch the cards altogether. Although sending emails and text may not be that special, it will save the trees!
Limit food waste
While plastic pollution has more apparent environmental damage, food waste is just as damaging. When the food eventually gets disposed, it produces methane, which is the cause of greenhouse gas. Buy and cook in a smart and planned way. Try to make the right amount of food for all your guests and use the leftovers for tomorrow’s meals, or freeze it for some other day. Buy organic products and limit your meat consumption. It may seem hard, and you might think that vegan options are not as tasty, but you’re mistaken. You can make the meals so delicious, and no one will even notice what’s on their plates! Meat mainly contributes to methane production and greenhouse gas.
Know your power as a buyer. You can say no to the holiday extravaganza and help the planet this Christmas. It does not have to be difficult and complicated. With just a bit more effort, you can make your home and your dinner table shine with sustainable meals and decorations. The more you give to the planet, the more the Earth gives back!