ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Eco Friendly Holidays. Let's Celebrate Green Christmas.

Updated on April 15, 2015
Christmas decoration in Maryland 2011
Christmas decoration in Maryland 2011 | Source

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.

Green Christmas in Waikiki, Hawaii.
Green Christmas in Waikiki, Hawaii. | Source

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.

Hagerstown at Xmas time
Hagerstown at Xmas time | Source

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.
  • Juicer.
  • 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.

ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS NATURALLY AND HAVE FUN!

How to wrap your presents in Furoshiki (cloth) to avoid using wrapping paper.

I love Christams, I always will... :-)

© 2010 Maria Janta-Cooper

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Cuttler for visiting and commenting. I'll try to find some other and new ides for this hub. OK?

    • cuttler profile image

      Cuttler 

      5 years ago from HubPages

      This is great...I had a similar idea on how to dispose Christmas trees and décor after the festivities in a bid to conserve the environment, but, I couldn't come up with enough ideas. Maybe if you can think up some environmentally friendly ways of disposing Christmas trees and other decorations you could do a hub on it. Its just an idea...I mean after holidays there is just so much clatter in the streets and homes and I have a feeling that most guys don't know what to do with their décor and trees after the festivities. If you find this idea interesting please do a hub on it. Otherwise, great stuff hear.

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      6 years ago from UK

      Hi :-) love you crazybeanrider, at least love your feline icon :-) ;-)Thanks for commenting. You've made my day :-)

    • crazybeanrider profile image

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      What a masssive list of fabulous ideas to save the environment. These ideas are simple and beautiful. I love the wrapping gift in cloth, that is such a great idea. The wrapping can actually be a gift itself. I am tweeting this as everybody should read this hub.

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      6 years ago from UK

      Dear spy, I value your comment very much. Thanks for info about Bravewarrior, have to check their hubs and will link them (and also your hubs) with my hubs together. :-) Have a GREEN day!

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Jan.. your hubs are great..makes me look forward on another green tips you have. Bravewarrior and I are into going green and I am so glad to found you. You're sweet. thank you as well for the comments in my hubs:)

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thank you Sofs for reading. I appreciate it very much :).

    • sofs profile image

      Sophie 

      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      mm,.. food for thought... I wonder if anyone is thinking of this during all the shopping and packing.. we keep reusing our gift wrappers and always carry our back packs while shopping.. but I guess more needs to be done...thanks for spreading the awareness. Keep up the good work!!

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      Yes! I love this idea! Simply living is the best. I am and will always be a giving person, but not necessary in a material sense. I'm not a materialistic girl. :) Sometimes a smile is a better gift than anything else.

    • minnow profile image

      minnow 

      7 years ago from Seattle

      My family lives simply and hardly gives any gifts anymore. It's very liberating, isn't it? Another good hub.

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      :)

      I do like you now, but I remember as I lived in Germany we were all diving under all the 'mountains' of beautifull gift paper and packagings. This is why I thought to write about this :).

    • profile image

      Toby Hansen 

      7 years ago

      Some very good advice here! Having only two people and a dog to buy presents for, I do not generate a lot of rubbish.

      I find paper gift bags are the best form of wrapping. All you have to do is place the gift inside. No having to cut the perfect edge or messing about with tape! Then the recipient has a handy bag to use themselves, or they can recycle it next year.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)