I’m Dreaming of a “Green” Christmas


It is important to stay eco-friendly this holiday season.

  Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially time to get in the Christmas spirit. As the wintery season begins, here are some tips on how to have an eco-friendly Christmas. 

Take reusable bags when gift shopping

  As you take advantage of the Black Friday deals that are continuing over the next few weeks, make sure to bring a reusable bag or tote with you to carry your Christmas purchases. 

Purchase a real tree

  While some believe purchasing a fake Christmas tree helps lower your carbon footprint, this is not the case. According to The Carbon Trust, a real Christmas tree has a significantly lower carbon footprint, as long as it is disposed of carefully. To dispose of your tree, cut it into multiple pieces and either drop it off at a local tree recycling location or leave it in your yard waste container. 

Use a reusable advent calendar

  While plastic, single-use advent calendars are popular around this time of the year, they are not the best for the environment. As you count down the days to December 25, consider buying a wooden or fabric reusable advent calendar. 

Decorate with light emitting-diode lights

  If households around the world all switched over to LED lights, we would not only save carbon dioxide emissions, but we would save money. LED lights use up to 80% less energy than the standard, incandescent lights. 

Shop local

  Supporting local businesses is always important, especially during the holiday season. Refraining from purchasing from bigger companies that do not promote sustainable buying is pertinent in celebrating an eco-friendly holiday. 

Wrap gifts with reusable products

  When wrapping presents this season, instead of using the usual paper wrap, use fabric or newspaper. This way, nothing goes to waste when everyone is done opening up their gifts.   

The holiday season is full of excitement and joy. Taking these little steps to be more thoughtful about the environment will help ensure future Christmases are safe and fun for all.