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Have a Green Christmas: Party Edition

A couple weeks ago, I talked about how to budget for the Holidays, and about making and buying eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.

This week, I want to share some ideas about how you can partake in the holiday season, parties, and all of your other events, while reducing your carbon footprint.

Recycle

This may be common sense, but it’s a known fact that the amount of garbage thrown into landfills, increases tremendously. There are many things you can do to combat this!

  • Recycle holiday gift wrapping
  • Use newspaper or old magazines to wrap gifts – they’ll be one of a kind!
  • During holiday functions, put out labeled recycle bins, so you can inspire your guests to partake in the effort!
  • Recycle your tree: if you purchased a live tree, it can be recycled and converted into wood chips which make great garden mulch.

And Speaking of Trees…

Consider going with an artificial tree, if possible. Ultimately, you’ll save a lot of money, since your artificial tree will last for many years, and no living trees will be chopped down on your behalf. Inhabitat.com has a great list of eco-friendly Christmas trees, if you are looking for an original tree.

And if you’re missing that fresh pine smell, you can always burn essential oils in a diffuser!

Decorations

There are many things you can do with decorations that will benefit the environment, and help you save money.

  • LED lights: they use less electricity and last longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • DIY Ornaments: check out these handmade Cinnamon Ornaments, or google “Handmade Ornament Ideas” for a ton of different ideas on how to create your own original pieces. This is an inexpensive and fun way to get children involved in the Holiday spirit, as well.
  • Turn inside and outside lights off during the day. The lights have a much more impressive result during the evening, anyway, so save elecricity, and money by keeping them off until night fall.

Get-Togethers

Holiday functions are notorious for plastic or paper plates, utensils, cups, and a large amount of trash. If possible, try serving food on reuseable plates and utensils, but if that’s impractical, consider more environmentally-friendly options for disposable dinnerware.

Instead of tossing condiment containers, such as sour cream or salsa jars, use them to pack up uneaten food, and send it home with guests. ┬áThat way, the food isn’t going to waste, and the containers they came in are utilized as well!

Do you have any other eco-friendly tips for the Holidays?

About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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