During the holiday season, we spend a lot of time, money and energy buying gifts for the people we care about. How about, this year we also think about our environment. You don’t have to completely ditch your family holiday traditions, but with a little planning and creativity, you can make this a holiday that impacts the environment in a positive way. From your wrapping paper, and holiday cards, to decorating the tree, there are plenty of ways to turn your dreams of a green Christmas into reality.
Every holiday season, tons of wrapping paper is sold in the stores, only to be ripped, shredded and sent to the landfill. Instead of buying rolls of paper that will go straight to the landfill, try purchasing some inexpensive, recycled craft paper. You can easily decorate this paper with paints, glitter and any kind of decorations that you like. Your present will stand out for its creativity and the care you show for the environment, when you skip on traditional paper, and go the recycled route instead.
Cards are another paper product that gets produced every year, only to be thrown away after a few days. Try making hand-made cards from recycled paper. If you have children they’ll love coloring and decorating cards. You’ll save money and won’t be introducing new paper waste into the environment. With your cards and recycled wrapping paper, be sure to enter them into recycling once again after the holidays are over. Except, of course, for those special cards you want to keep to remember the holidays.
Christmas tree Lights
One of the biggest energy consumers around the holidays are the massive amounts of lights that get strewn on the tree and on the landscape. You can cut back on energy usage and bills by skipping the lights altogether, or by using low energy LED lights on your tree. Some strands of lights get used year after year, and are highly inefficient. Replace those old strands with new, energy efficient lights to add some holiday cheer without wasting energy unnecessarily.
The Holiday Tree
During the holiday season, there’s much debate over which is better for the environment – live trees or artificial. Most ecological experts agree that getting a live tree has very little impact on the environment, as they are typically produced on tree farms. The artificial trees are usually made from petroleum-based products and factories produce a lot of emissions to produce them. Of course, you should make sure that you recycle your tree after the holidays are over. The wood chips that these trees are converted to make great mulch for planting more trees or plants in the future. Most cities will actually recycle your old tree for free.
The holidays are a time for giving, and receiving. Take time to give back to nature by practicing a few of these simple, green holiday traditions. You’ll be giving our environment a boost, and you’ll receive much more in the future as we all work together to make the world a cleaner, safer place to live in. What better gift could you give to the world?
Be Responsible. Save our Environment.
Written by guest contributor Catherine Bynes. Catherine, aside from being someone who cares about the environment and works hard to go green herself also writes about how to be a nurse over at CNA Training Tips.