5 Tips For a Sustainable Holiday Season

 

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it isn’t the most eco-friendly! In the United States alone, people produce 25% more trash than usual during the holidays. Luckily, there are many small steps you can take to ensure your holiday season is as sustainable as possible.

 

  1. Wrap presents differently

We usually think of traditional gift bags and wrapping paper. However, there is actually a more sustainable option! Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that has been becoming more popular as it is eco-friendly. Here is a guide that shows how to wrap different items in cloth. If you must use wrapping paper or gift bags, opt for recyclable ones and ones made from recyclable materials.

  1. Consider your presents

How many times have you received a gift that you have never used or forgotten about? As kind as gift-giving is, if you aren’t 100 per cent sure the recipient is going to get full use out of your present it might be time to consider other options. Buying high-quality, long lasting gifts reduces waste in the long-run. Homemade presents are both thoughtful and packaging-free. Experiences like concert tickets are usually low-waste and so much fun.

 

  1. LED lights

If you’re going to be displaying decorations like Christmas lights, opt for LED lights as they are more energy efficient. They last far longer, and since they save energy and they will save money!

  1. Shop efficiently

When you do your holiday shopping, look at local sellers and locally produced goods before hitting the mall. This will help support smaller businesses as opposed to larger corporations, and since the products aren’t mass produced they are most likely more eco-friendly!

 

  1. Recycle!

Lastly, don’t forget to recycle! Old cards, packaging, wrapping paper—if it can be recycled, make sure you do your part!