The holiday season is often associated with over-consumption and waste, so here are a few tips to make your Christmas a greener one.
- Create your own decorations
To avoid the excess plastic that comes with buying decorations in stores, opt to make your own decorations that will be in your home this year. This is also a good activity to do as a family to spend time with them. Also, you can reuse old materials that you already have at home or use elements from nature to decorate (fir trees, pine, berries, etc.).
- Buy second hand
A good way to reduce expenses and waste is to buy used decorations. Second-hand stores and thrift stores are full of rare pieces, you will definitely find something unique to decorate your home.
- Encourage local vendors
Buying decorations or gifts from local artisans or stores is a win-win situation. You encourage local and avoid buying from department stores where products may be of lower quality and have a larger environmental footprint due to transportation.
- Prepare your menu in advance
Being organized in your planning can be a way to reduce food waste and avoid over-purchasing and over-consumption.
- Prioritize reusable dishes
Prioritizing this type of dishware over disposable dishes can make a difference in your environmental footprint this holiday season.
- Wrapping more eco-responsibly
Wrapping is a big part of the holiday waste, but there are many greener alternatives available to make unique gifts.
1) Use fabrics for wrapping
2) Reuse paper from grocery bags
3) Avoid plastic ribbons or plastic tape.
4) Recycle your waste paper (newspapers, road maps, posters, etc.)
5) Decorate your packaging with drawings, paint, handmade decorations, tree branches, etc.
- Make your own gifts
Adding a personal touch to the gift you give can make it more special to the person receiving it. Making a potted recipe, making homemade candles, creating your own ambiance spray, making your own bath products are just a few interesting examples.