Eco Friendly Holidays. Let's Celebrate Green Christmas.
Christmas, the "Feast of Love" or "Waste Orgy"
Give fewer but useful gifts.
Whenever possible use natural products for Christmas.
Check out some ecologically friendly holidays.
Have fun but Celebrate responsibly.
The holiday season means shopping, decorating, packing, and feasting. It means also tons of trash and waste. Especially at this time of the year, the volume of garbage increases enormously. This is damaging our environment! Think about alternatives during your next Christmas-shopping-tour. Let it be your very own special contribution to the nature.
Eco-Friendly Tips for Xmas
- Try cloth napkins rather than paper towels; they are great to use and over time even help to save some money. By the way, the table dressed with cloth napkins looks usual more stylish and tasteful.
- Saving water during the holidays and parties; instead of using water, scrape dirty dishes clean and put them into the dishwasher.
- Surprisingly, a better buy than a plastic Christmas tree is a real tree. This is healthier for the environment. Plastic doesn’t lose needles, this is true, but at some point a plastic tree is going to be plastic waste. Real Christmas trees, on the other hand, can easily be used as compost. Our beloved Mother Nature would love you for that.
- Plant a Christmas tree in your own garden.
Buy pine seeds and grow your own tree for the next, next, next (!) Xmas time.
- Choose an organic Christmas tree if you can. Remember that those from Christmas tree farms are often grown with a high usage of pesticides.
- You can even rent a Christmas tree. I know at least one company specialized in this job; it is Forever-Green-Christmas. They rent in-pot grown, living trees; they would deliver them in November and collect the trees in January.
- Speaking of renting, you even can rent the whole china and dishware for Christmas. The party rental store delivers it clean and collects it dirty. You won’t even be bothered with dishwashing.
- Make wood chips out of used Xmas tree and recycle it in this way as organic mulch.
- When buying wine or champagne, think about the following info. There are now wineries, which have eliminated environment-polluting lead, tin, or aluminum contained in bottle tops. They only use natural cork closures without any other additions or attachments.
Here You Only Can Have a Green Xmas. Waikiki, Hawaii.
7 Shades of Green Christmas Decorations
- Environmental Christmas decorating is like the Nature 'herself' would decorate your home. Take natural décor fruits, branches with berries, dry slices of citrus fruits, nuts, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, fabric ribbons, and figures made of wood (think wood; wood, wood, wood is good! :-), wax, straw, paper, or glass. Use cotton instead of snow and glitter sprays.
- Do you plan to buy new Xmas lights? Take LED fairy lights. They allow you spend less energy and would last longer than regular lights.
- Use more often candles instead of electrical light. For making lanterns with a candle inside, use glass jars painted with translucent paints or wrapped with colored cellophane.
- If possible, recycle your old wreaths or garlands from the last year. Use some new additions to them and let them look like striking, brilliant new decoration.
- Self made popcorn garlands look fabulous on an Xmas tree. Take popcorn, dried cranberries, mending needle and strong cotton. Thread five pieces of popcorn per one cranberry.
- Use Christmas cards printed on recycled paper or send e-cards instead.
Save the fronts of Christmas cards you've received, punch a hole and use them as gift tags.
Dreaming of Green Wrappings for Christmas
- Reduce the amount of trash by using alternative packaging materials such as fabric gift bags, or creative and original self-painted boxes, tins, jars, or plain recycled paper. If you don’t like to paint, decorate the box with seasonal items like tree twigs, flowers, or whatever you like. Such personalized gifts are always well received.
- Use luxury fabric and ribbons for gift wrappings.
- An idea how to use fabric for wrappings shows you the following "Furoshiki" video (see below).
- Make sure, you use wrapping paper made from recycled materials, for example, use even seasonally decorated and painted newspapers to wrap your gifts.
- Recycle gift wrapping papers and use them again.
- Colorful tinted glass or even crystal containers can make a mysterious shimmering package.
- You can also use or reuse beautifully painted or transparent silk scarves for gift wrapping.
Green Gift Ideas for Santa Claus
- A successful gift doesn't need to be new. Home-made gifts are tremendously popular. Sometimes you can find real treasures at flea markets or second hand shops. A Christmas solution could be, give fewer but useful gifts.
- When your gift is powered by disposable batteries, or by AC adapter (mains charger), choose the latter one.
- If there is no AC adapter (mains charger) available, buy rechargeable batteries and consider giving a battery charger as well.
- Give natural, green presents like bulbs of amaryllis or young, still very small trees from a tree nursery.
- For all occasions or events, even for Christmas, you can ask your guests for cash or charity donations instead of gifts. Everybody would be happy, even the environment!
- Give a bicycle instead of a car for Xmas. :-)
Other earth friendly Christmas gifts:
- Natural cosmetics.
- Fantastic gifts for saving on heating are blankets, socks, pullover, jumpers, and sweaters.
- Solar powered charger for smart phones and all other cellphones.
- Windup radio or MP3 player.
- Energy saving meter.
- Organic tea or coffee.
- Solar powered weather station.
- Solar powered Mars explorer, other robots, or educational self-build toys.
- Playhouses for children made from recycled card ready to be decorated or painted.
See also, fairtrade labels and traidcraft (fighting poverty through trade) in the UK and this link is for the fairtrade in the USA.
How to wrap your presents in Furoshiki (cloth) to avoid using wrapping paper.
I love Christams, I always will... :-)
© 2010 Maria Janta-Cooper
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