Green is one of the traditional colors of the Christmas season, but the green we have in mind is the environmentally friendly kind.
Here’s a list of some eco-friendly, energy saving tips that will put you at the top of Santa’s nice list this holiday season.
Give Green Gifts
Consider giving eco-friendly or homemade gifts to those on your shopping list. Purchased green presents include:
Energy saving items
Books on green living
Mass transit passes
Gift certificates to health food stores or organic restaurants
Membership in an organic farm or co-op
Donations to organizations that support the environment
Homemade presents include:
Baked goods and other food items
Paintings and photographs
Pottery and ceramics
Sewing and knitting
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping
Here are some ways to reduce the waste from gift wrapping:
Buy gift wrap made from recycled materials.
Make your own gift wrap from cloth and other materials.
Save wrapping paper from gifts you receive to use next year.
Reuse boxes for shipping and gifts, rather than buying new ones.
Recycle wrapping paper (if allowed by your recycling service) and boxes rather than throwing them away.
Green Christmas Tree
Visit a local Christmas tree farm and cut down your own tree. Not only is it a fun family activity, but it eliminates the transportation required for shipped trees. Try to find an organic tree farm that is pesticide free to reduce the toxins in your home.
An even greener option is to buy a live Christmas tree then plant it in your yard after the holidays are over.
Make Natural Decorations
Rather than buying plastic ornaments, wreaths, and decorations shipped from overseas, make your own from pine cones, holly, seashells, river stones, and evergreen branches. Christmas tree lots often will give away branches they’ve trimmed off the bottom of trees.
After the holidays, but sure to recyle your Christmas tree and other natural decorations rather than sending them to the landfill.
Use LED Lights
These small Light Emitting Diodes use 80% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, plus they’re cool to the touch. Look for the Energy Star seal for ones with the highest energy efficiency rating.
Turn Christmas trees on only when you’re in the room to enjoy them. Turn outside decorations off before you go to bed at night, or put them on a timer that will remember to do it for you.
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