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Going Green - Holiday Season Tips

Updated on April 27, 2015

The Time is Right to Go Green

If you haven't hopped on the green train yet but want to make a difference, the holidays are a perfect time to start thinking about doing your part to help the environment.

There are so many ways right now that you can incorporate green living into your holiday preparations and celebrations this year! Maybe you don't know, or you're just curious to see what else you could be doing. Well, here are just a few ways to start you off!

Have some ideas of your own to share? Leave them in the comments section at the bottom!

Repurpose and Reuse

Going Green Tip #1

Those are two of the best things you can do this holiday season to help create less waste and keep more junk from piling up in overflowing landfills. If you have a perfectly good artificial tree, don't go out and buy another one if you don't have to.

It may not be this year's designer model with all the flashing lights, but let's face it, an artificial tree is an artificial tree. There isn't that much difference between the one you're going to toss and a new one.

Need decorations but you're not sure how you can make that green? You can reuse some trinkets as reused tree ornaments! They're just the right size and they're usually pretty cute!

So keep what you've got and reuse it this year.

Make The Choice - Recycle - Reduce - Reuse

Get Tree Smart

Going Green Tip #2

Instead of getting a live tree, go with an artificial one you can use for years and years. You'll save money, but you'll also save a live tree each year. And no, you're not evil if you want a live tree. There are tree farms that grow trees just for this purpose and replant so you're not denuding a forest somewhere.

But be mindful of what you do with it after the season ends. Be sure to recycle it on the day your town collects Christmas trees. They usually will have curbside pickup for any real trees that can be chipped down into fill and mulch. If your town doesn't offer this service, you can always cut it up yourself and use it for compost.

Or, you can purchase a live ball tree. This is the tree that comes with a burlap wrapped ball of soil at the base. It's meant so you can replant it after the holidays. That way everyone wins. You get your live tree and the woods get a live tree that will grow back healthy.

Smart Ways to Go Green for the Holidays - Save Green, Be Green

Reuse Wrapping Paper

Going Green Tip #3

Reuse wrapping paper from year to year if you can. Or think of alternative ways to save paper. Use the newspaper or the comics to wrap holiday gifts. Or recycle your children's drawings from during the year into wrapping paper the family will love.

Instead of buying a shiny gift bag for a bottle of wine, tie something like a natural pine branch or a cluster of pinecones around the neck of the bottle. Using natural objects when possible is always best!

Minimize Electric Lighting

Going Green Tip #4

Don't run up your electricity using strands of outdoor lights. If you want to decorate, go for one or two pretty strands. But don't make a day-glow display that lights up the night sky. It's a waste of valuable energy and you'll also pay for it when the January electric bill comes.

Same goes for indoor decor. Use battery-operated candles instead of leaving the decorative lights on all day and night. Use rechargeable batteries so you're not dumping spent batteries by the dozens.

When it comes down to it all, do you really need to run that blow-up Santa and his reindeer in the front yard all night? Probably not.

Minimize Waste - Increase Your Recycling

Green Toys & Clothes

Going Green Tip #5

Opt for toys that don't require lots of batteries or electricity. Many of these toys are on every kid's wish list, but if you want to have more of a green Christmas and save some green as well, opt for more organic gifts or natural toys like wooden puzzles and hand-crafted wooden blocks.

Now, no one said you have to live like Little House on the Prairie, but you can steer your children towards well-made toys that just happen to be earth-friendly.

There are catalogs that have nothing but earth-friendly toys and they are fun, hip, and long-lasting. Check some out online by entering "natural wood toys" or "recycled material toys" into a search engine. You'll be surprised by what can be made from recycled materials-from polar fleece jackets to wallets.

And how about getting them interested in little DIY kits that encourage using renewable materials or solar energy? Talk about educational and fun!

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Going Green Can Be Fun

If You Make it Fun

Going green during the holiday season should be something the whole family gets in on, and it can be fun too!

Plan to have an old fashioned night at home playing board games by candlelight for fun or turn off the TV and go caroling and save some electricity.

There are plenty of ways green can be fun, you just have to be creative!

Green Comments - Are you going green this holiday season?

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Great ideas for keeping with the greening program during the holidays!

      *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Healthy Living » Green Living" neighborhood.

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      squid-janices7 5 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my green holiday tips lens! There are so many little ways to make Christmas a bit greener. One of my biggest pet peeves is wrapping paper so we either use no paper or recycled paper. I can't imagine how many trees we cut down just to wrap presents....ridiculous in my opinion.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      We also use an artificial tree, and I'm a huge wrapping paper recycler! It's the least we can do to cut down on waste - and cost - during the holidays. I also love the green toy suggestions - those wooden puzzles are great!

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas! We have been using an artificial tree for years. Each year we make a new ornament to put on the tree too.