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Top tips for a sustainable holiday season

During the holidays increased waste, over consumption and mass shopping puts a lot of pressure on our planet. Whether its gift giving, wrapping, or decorating this season there are many changes we can all make to ensure our holidays are more sustainable.

Here are some tips to help celebrate the season while reducing your environmental footprint.

Buy Less

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You can give more, while buying less, by giving gifts that are homemade, personal, and unique. Personally, I prefer receiving handmade gifts more than store bought because I love anything that shows thoughtfulness. Purchasing experiences, donating to a preferred charity, or making homemade ornaments are just a few ways to give meaningful holiday gifts that aren’t found in stores. Check out our Seasonal Sustainability: Gift-giving guide for additional solutions for minimizing waste, reigning back consumerism, and finding the perfect sustainable gifts.

Secret Santa

For people with a large family like myself, the holidays can be very expensive and overwhelming. An easy way to solve this problem is by doing secret Santa.

Before the holiday season begins, we put the names of all adult family members on slips of paper and put the slips in a hat. We then take turns picking one name per adult to select our gift recipient. The chosen picks are kept a secret because we enjoy surprising each other when we open gifts!

This tradition is not only super fun but allows us to focus on getting a special gift for the person whose name we picked, without the challenge and expense of finding a gift for everyone.

Get Creative

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Instead of buying new holiday decorations year after year, create memories this holiday season with your family and friends. Take a look at our Seasonal Sustainability: Festive fixings blog for some low-cost, sustainable ideas to bring cheer, warmth, and holiday spirit to your home.

Wrap Right

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Some wrapping paper is not eco-friendly. It is designed to be torn into shreds and tossed away in minutes. Plus, the majority of wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift bags are not recyclable in most circumstances. Read our blog to learn how you conceal the contents of your gifts while reducing waste.

 

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2 Comments on “Top tips for a sustainable holiday season

  1. This was great! So many ideas that make sense. I’m done shopping and wrapping for this season but will try to implement sustainable ideas for any upcoming holidays or events.

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