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!
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Eco Friendly Holiday Ideas for Even Non Crunchy People!
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 newspaper. 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.
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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! Learn more about her HERE.