Tips for a Green Holiday Season

Tips for a Green Holiday Season

These tips for a green holiday season were inspired by a product I received at no charge to review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

There are only a few more days until Thanksgiving and before you know it chaos will rein as I try to deal with shopping, baking, kids birthdays (both in November and December!) and entertaining friends and family.  Every year I tell myself that I will be more organized by this time of year but somehow that never seems to work out!  There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a slightly more green holiday season this year.  While we shop, eat, and be merry our carbon footprint grows and grows!  In order to take a step back and reduce our environmental footprint just consider a few of these suggestions for a green holiday season.

tips for a green holiday season

Tips for a Green Holiday Season

1.  Food:  Make it from scratch, buy organic and/or local foods, recycle every piece of packaging you possibly can and then enjoy the feasts of your labor.  I chose to get a free range turkey this year from Whole Foods but couldn’t afford to buy organic.  I will be making most of the dishes from scratch although I will admit to buying store bought rolls.  I just can’t seem to figure out how to make them as light and fluffy as the ones in the store.  If you have tips, please feel free to leave a comment.  Maybe I will be brave and give them a try!  It’s not all or nothing.  Do what you can and don’t feel too guilty about the rest!  Check out my post on how to save money on organic food to help you stay within your food budget.

2. Decor: I get so tired of all the plastic garbage in department stores.  The best way to have a green holiday season is to use natural decor items, cloth napkins and tablecloths, real dishes instead of disposable, and ditch as much of the plastic as you can.  Ask your kids to make you paper pumpkins or turkeys out of construction paper and put them on the walls and windows.  I would much rather see a homemade craft that is slightly lopsided than mass produced plastic stuff any day.  If you are trying to decide on whether to get a real or fake tree check out my article on greener Christmas trees.  There are pluses and minuses to both so you need to decide what is best for your own family.

Tips for a Green Holiday Season

3. Travel: Holidays are all about spending time with friends and family and sometimes we need to travel in order to do it.  Check out my article on green travel suggestions for ideas on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your next road trip.  From your car to your kids there are a ton of ways to lessen the environmental impact of your trip to see family this holiday season.

4.  Cleaning and Organizing:  This is the time of year that people like to purge their house of old things to make way for new toys and gadgets.  Make sure you find new homes for your unwanted stuff so it does not end up in landfills.  Donate clothing to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  Recycle stuff animals in creative ways, donate books to the library and make sure that household chemicals are properly disposed of.  Use Earth 911 to figure out how to dispose of your household items properly.

5. Gifts:  This is an area that many people could make a huge difference in when it comes to creating a green holiday season.  Make gifts from scratch like my Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Scrub.  Package in a glass jar with a decorative card or ribbon and it is the perfect way to spoil someone who needs a little pampering this holiday season.  You could also make a donation in someone’s name if they really don’t NEED anything but you want to show you care.  Check out my post on World Vision and give a gift to someone who truly needs it. Talk to your family and friends and ask how they feel about second hand gifts.  It may seem a bit cheesy but honestly, a book is a book whether it has been read a hundred times or is brand new.  Choose organic or natural fiber clothing options for the fashionista on your gift list and do some research to find fair trade or hand made gift ideas that people can enjoy.

Tips for a Green Holiday Season

If you are considering ways to create a green holiday season you should check out the items at  UQLLU (pronounced Ook – Loo), a Peruvian artisan fashion company with a mission to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities within Peru. They off beautifully constructed eco-chic scarves in colors reflective of Peru’s traditional culture and artisans.  Artisans who work with UQLLU are provided with training, support, and a safe work environment to create each product.  Every dollar spent on a UQLLU product goes to ensuring the financial independence of several families in Peru. The color tones of UQLLU’s fall and winter scarves range from vibrant pinks to orange and soothing neutral tones such as crème and taupe. UQLLU’s entire scarf collection is created from eco-friendly and hypoallergenic Alpaca fibers, a soft yet durable material base which heats up the body naturally as you wear.

green holiday tips

I received a gorgeous scarf from UQLLU in a pretty light orange color.  It is incredibly soft and made of a combination of baby alpaca wool and bamboo.  It has a unique pattern of tied cutouts that give it a beautiful textured sort of look to it.  This is a very generous sized scarf, which I really love.  It is wide enough to drape over your shoulders if you wanted to and long enough to easily wrap around you as shown in the collage above.  If you are looking for eco friendly gifts for the fashion conscious person on your gift list this holiday season.

 How Will YOU Create a Green Holiday Season This Year?

These tips for a green holiday season were inspired by a product I received at no charge to review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. Love you post! I did a series on Eco-Friendly Weddings and learned so much–a lot was similar to what you mentioned above. Once you start thinking about it and looking more closely, it’s amazing how much we waste we produce on a daily basis (and I am by far no exception–but at least I realize it now!)
    Thanks for sharing on the Daily Blog Boost today! :)

    ~ Brooke ~

    • thanks so much for visiting and glad you found the article helpful. We as humans really do create a lot of waste but hopefully people are starting to understand the need to reduce our carbon footprint!

  2. What a cute scarf. We try to remember as many eco-friendly tips as possible.

  3. So many great ideas! I agree with you on the homemade crafts for decor. It gives our family a great opportunity to engage in some bonding time making creative objects for holiday decor that will additionally be trinkets of memories. This tip has come a long way in our family!

    • Im glad you found my tips helpful. I am hoping to get to do some homemade crafts with my kids this season. Now that they are teens it is getting harder and harder to convince them to do them with me!

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