The holidays are fast approaching and that means lots of shopping, baking, entertaining, wrapping, traveling, and decorating. I am always slightly dismayed on the trash day after Christmas to see people’s garbage cans overflowing with packaging and other STUFF that has no other use. So, how do we minimize our carbon footprint this holiday season? Here are a few eco friendly holiday ideas that even the non crunchiest person can easily adapt!
Remember, homemade gifts are a great way to minimize your carbon footprint so check out my gingerbread truffles and homemade lavender oatmeal bath if you want to give a personal and handmade gift. Check out my post on creative uses for pine cones if you want to bring natural elements into your home. There are SO many ways to create a sustainable holiday season this year!
Easy Eco-Friendly Holiday Ideas
First, the food:
Then, the gifts:
Consider recycled gift wrap or make your own gift boxes. You can purchase wrapping paper made from recycled materials or use old newspapers. Reuse a store-bought gift bag…one less thing to buy! Babies are easy!
Skip the plastic and buy wooden toys to prevent worry over chemicals in plastic getting ingested. If you buy something in a cardboard box, recycle the box AND the wrapping paper when you are done with the unwrapping.
Try and find products made in the USA, although I know it isn’t an easy task nowadays. Consider a battery-free Christmas. Or if you must buy a battery-operated toy, get rechargeable batteries.
And don’t forget, batteries are recyclable. Try and consolidate your shopping trips so you use less gasoline. Pick a day and get as much done as you can. Check out my post on sustainable gift ideas if you need suggestions.
So many parties!
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked 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 and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.
3 thoughts on “Eco Friendly Holiday Ideas for Even Non Crunchy People!”
These are some really great tips! I can’t believe the holidays are coming again so fast! Ugh!! Thanks for posting!!
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I give my kids gifts from garage sales and thrift stores to reuse instead of buying new with more packaging and we wrap with gift bags for our family only. These bags get used year after year after year and are easier for kids to wrap with than paper. I give teachers gift cards to stores instead of trinkets they’ll throw away and we give our kids a membership to the zoo or something along those lines. Great tips. I’m enjoying your blog.
We have been doing more ‘experience gifts’ as the kids have gotten older. Concert tickets are great and we had a fun time of our whitewater rafting trip! Glad you are liking the blog and thanks for visiting!