Christmas is my favorite time of year! Celebrating the most important man who ever lived, faith, love, gift giving and holiday cheer with family and good company... can you blame anyone for the intense love of this season? I challenge you to unleash your inner green diva and deck your halls with sustainability in mind. Enjoy the 10 tips below that will help you add a “Green” spin to your holiday festivities.
LED Christmas Lights
Did you know that there are LED Christmas string lights! Use LED Christmas lights to save 80-90% more energy; or in comparison, 140 LED lights are equivalent to 1 single incandescent bulb. They are more durable, burn brighter, and provide a safer environment by releasing less heat.
Vintage mementos provide easily attainable decorating solutions by using products you already have. Fill empty jars with candies, old ornaments, or candles. Use ribbon to wrap a pillow, candle, and hang a picture. An old wooden sled wrapped in garland or ribbon is the perfect adornment to a front porch, and using old tree toppers provide great mantle showcases! Hang new and old Christmas cards and photos. You can always reuse decorations and household items in alternative ways for new holiday flare!
Recycled wrapping paper
Beautiful wrapping paper isn't always brand new! There are many companies, such as Green Field Paper Company, that create wonderful designs with recycled paper. You can also preserve and reuse your favorite paper for gift wrapping or decorating ideas! Use wrapping paper strands as gift bag “fluffers” and gift tags, or sew together for colorful garlands.
4. Reusable tote gift bags
Instead of purchasing new wrapping paper, buy an affordable tote bag to use as gift bags so that you or your recipient can reuse it again!
5. Family photo décor, Whole punch the corner, place them in album to use again and again
Nothing is more amusing to look at than old family photos. Hole punch the corners of holiday photos and store them in an album to hang every year as Christmas ornaments or photo garlands. You can add to your collection of memories and décor over time.
6. Recycled news paper décor, DIY Kids will love
Recycled newspaper provides excellent holiday crafting for the kids and family. Homemade snowflakes, garlands, ornaments, and garlands are the perfect solution to diminishing your newspaper supply. Take paint and stamps to create a fun and personalized wrapping paper for gifts.
7. Eco-Friendly Gift Giving
There are endless possibilities to give sustainably. Buy locally so that you can support your local vendors and the community. Search for designers and brands that utilize sustainable methods or recycled elements: Lily Bloom creates beautiful handbags, wallets, and accessories with recycled plastic; and Tara St. James uses organic cotton, hand-dyed fabrics, and no-waste methods to create the sports brand Covet. Homemade gifts such as artwork or your favorite holiday recipe are both personal and eco-friendly ideas.
8. Decorate you home with natural décor
Use fruit and natural elements to provide Christmas accents in your home. Fill jars or bowls of oranges, lemons and limes for table center pieces. Search for pine cones, twigs, berries and greenery from your yard to create garlands, bouquets, and wreaths. Popcorn is always a fun craft for Christmas tree ornamentation as well!
9. Eco-friendly Holiday cards
Send your holiday cheer and greetings through personal evites to save paper. Although, if you love sending and receiving postage, select your holiday cards from companies that use recycled paper, such as tinyprints.com.
10. Alternative Tree
Rather than cutting down a tree every year, there are wonderful alternatives and more eco-friendly tree ideas. You can purchase an all-natural wood tree which can be stored and reassembled every year. However, if you love having the traditional real Christmas tree, you can either rent, decorate a house plant, or buy a potted tree which lasts longer than the holiday season.
Overall tip… Use what you have , but if you’re in the market for something new, stay within the Christmas colors and “Green it.” There are endless ideas that spread the holiday spirit in both meaning and practicality.